The last day of summer was a celebration for us, a celebration of a great summer on a day which felt like mid not end of season. Cascumpec Bay, on the north shore of Prince County of Prince Edward Island was the site of our picnic. An island breeze and the cloudless sky with temperatures in the mid-twenties could not have been better. We sat on the beach in Northport and enjoyed our lunch, our favourite sandwiches and coffee made fresh just an hour before.
The day was perfect for exploration and the beach had much to offer. The point,
visible from our location, was a good place to start. There was a great deal of seaweed on the beach and oyster shells
left from a feast there. Someone likes oysters more than we do.
The most startling sight was around that point. Destruction!
All along the coast, was a tangle of dead trees which had lost their anchorage in the red soil.
The erosion on that coastline was evident from the number of trees which fell victim to the sea.
They were mere ghosts of their former selves, whitened by the salt water, weathered, stark, yet beautiful somehow.
Others held on to the last bit of life with autumn on the horizon and rough seas to come.
It is easy to see how the trees die when the erosion of the soil undermines the vegetation above.
The elevation here is no more than a meter but sea caves are evident where the sea has washed away the soil.
Before long, the trees topple, their unique sculpture becomes evident over time as the leaves and needles die and their structure is exposed.
This part of the coast is a graveyard, with the victims as harbingers of a future none of us may want.