Nick Hawkins was commissioned by Canadian Geographic in 2014 to capture the essence of the 100 Wild Islands on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. He certainly succeeded as these stunning photos are worth many more than a thousand words in telling the tale of the 100 Wild Islands.
From the top of Little Shiprock Island, we could see our assignment. Below us glittered a mosaic of coastal islands amidst the blue waters of the North Atlantic; we had three days to capture this uniquely pristine ocean archipelago. Unchanged since the last ice age, these islands along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia have somehow managed to escape human development and interference despite their close proximity to the major port city of Halifax. Capturing the charm of these islands was going to take every piece of photographic equipment we could manage, and we transported the scuba equipment, camping supplies and hundreds of pounds of photo gear onto the beaches of Borgle’s Island, our base from which to explore this diverse landscape.