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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Greenwich, Prince Edward Island

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.

 












26 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures, Marie. I enjoyed looking at them all! Thank you. I especially like that one with the apples on the ground and the sunlight showing through the tree. :-)

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    1. It is a special place, Jan. The eyes can't take itall in.

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  2. Lucky you, being able to go for such great rambles along the shoreline. I really miss the sea. I spent my first 20 years living by the sea and spending lots of childhood hours climbing rocks and playing on the beach. I try to visit the sea at least once a year but was unable to do so this year.

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  3. Such beautiful nature !! I love squirrels and that is such an adorable photo!

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    1. The squirrels were wild, unlike those here on the boardwalk in Summerside. But, they had lots of apples to eat.

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  4. Beautiful up your way. Not so much out West.

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    1. It is lovely here this time of year, SS.

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  5. Oh my.
    What a beautiful wander you took us on. Thank you.

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    1. The scenery is beautiful but the little details catch my eye, EC.

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  6. You manage to find new spots to share with us.

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  7. Such a pretty squirrels! She looks so happy with apples.

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  8. That looks like such a wonderful place to visit. Some of my favorite adventure spots have been places just like this.

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  9. Your pictures are awesome! Love the close-up of the squirrel.. and oh my all those apples and pie cherries, and rose hips! An abundance of delight! Have you ever made anything with rose hips? They are an incredible source of vitamin C, more powerful even than oranges. I have some posts on my blog about rose hips, and how to make good use of them. I really enjoyed your delightful tour today, so peaceful and relaxing to see!

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    1. I havehad rosehip wine which a friend made but I didn't care for, SUI. I'll check your recipes. Thank you.

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  10. How lovely and magical.
    that's a lot of apples on the ground below the tree.
    A perfect buffet for the critters.

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  11. Last time we visited, a long time ago, we walked down the beach at Greenwich, and we were the only ones there. Beautiful!

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  12. It was the same for us on this visit, FG. The beach is endless and empty!

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