On a recent visit to St. Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island, on the northeast coast, we visited the National Park at Greenwich. By this time of year, the park is accessible but without park personnel, although maintenance people worked in the area.
This park provides hiking trails and a beach along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The area feels unspoiled, peaceful, pristine. On the glorious autumn day, the squirrels were busy collecting material for their nests and eating apples.
The park has numerous apple trees, providing lots of food for the local wildlife.
Mushrooms were abundant along the trails, including these shaggy mane mushrooms near our picnic area.
These pin cherries, over ripe at this time of year,
lined the trails, as did rose bushes. There must be a scent of roses on the breeze earlier in the year. Even now, the leaves and rose hips are a red
which is only matched by the maples.
The fireweed, gone to seed, demands a look,
while raspberry bushes behind a rustic fence, still hold some berries.
Layers of beauty surround an old tree which reaches its bare weathered branches into the deep blue sky. A natural sculpture!
One side of the park borders on St. Peter's Bay, an area of early settlement by the French. Today, mussel farming and fishing are a part of life in the bay.
One trail follows along the shoreline, parallel to the movement of the boats. We sat and watched for a time, enjoying the sun, the activity on the water and the peace around us.