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Friday, 27 January 2017

To the Point

The sky was low, gray and heavy, the kind of day when it feels like the ceiling is just above your head. It was -1C with a breeze making it colder as we parked the car and walked the old dirt road to MacCallum's Point. The area is in Lower Bedeque, across the harbour from Summerside, Prince Edward Island. It was quiet except for the sound of snow under our boots and the clicks of our cameras as we walked along. 

 

At road level, we couldn't feel the wind, thanks to the protection of the trees.

I have come to appreciate the wonder of deciduous trees in the winter. The bare branches reach to the sky 

 

and all the branchlets, covered with leaves in the summer, are visible this time of year in all their intricate glory. 

Overhead, a hawk circles and floats on the breeze. Further on, an owl crosses the road numerous times in pursuit of food. The birds are busy hunting.

 

The snow shows rabbit activity, with footprints in and out of the trees on either side of the road. No wonder the birds are so busy. 

 
 
However, raccoons are busy in this area as well. Fox tracks are common too. Predators like this area.

MacCallum's Point opens before us, red cliffs of sandstone on the edge of the ice-covered shoreline. 

 

Here, the full force of the wind hits us as we leave the shelter of the trees. 

 

Bedeque Bay and Northumberland Strait beyond have open water in spite of the bitter cold.

 

As we take pictures our hands become numb! Our visit is a short one. 

On the way back, the shelter of the woods is welcome as mitts warm frozen fingers. Looking off into the woods, Robert Frost comes to mind,

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
  But I have promises to keep,"

 

after a cup of hot chocolate.
 


32 comments:

  1. So beautiful in winter, as well as every other season. I'm so glad to be able to visit you without actually going to PEI. Although I am now wanting to, someday. :-)

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  2. Lovely Our snow went so fast. I almost miss it.

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    1. We haven't had much yet this year, Tabor. There's lots of time yet though.

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  3. I absolutely love branches and trees, winter, spring, summer and autumn. All so pretty. Great photos here. Thanks for sharing. Happy Weekend and boogie boogie.

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    1. Trees are so under-rated, HW.

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    2. Trees are my favorite part of nature. Hands down. And the rustling of leaves is my calming sound. When I hear them moving about above me, my shoulders automatically relax. So cool.

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    3. Trees help relax the spirit, HW.

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  4. Wow...cold!....but exuberant! Andrea

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    1. You know you're alive out there, Andrea!

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  5. This all looks so absolutely beautiful. What a lovely walk through the trees and out to the sea. Thanks so much for sharing, I've enjoyed my virtual walk.

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    1. I am looking forward to a visit there in the spring, Ann.

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  6. What a flat out lovely photo-poem this is.

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  7. What wonderful scenery. Your writing is so good I could hear the scrunch of your feet on the snow. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Celia. It is a beautiful place.

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  8. Just amazing (and a bit cold!) pictures...so much snow!
    Have a great weekend, take care.
    Titti

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  9. Sublime.
    I am so happy to hear that someone else appreciates the tracery of bare branches against the sky. Such an elegant filigree...

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    1. I agree, EC. I notice all the bare trees these days.

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  10. Such a beautiful area for a walk, I'd have my animal tracking ID book with me if I were to join you. I hope your mug of hot chocolate warmed up your cold hands.

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  11. I really did, Judith. Wish you could join me.

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  12. I enjoyed to read your scenery. I feel like I am reading a long poem,and can imagine the stillness in your walk. How sweet to know animals are busy even in the snow.

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  13. It was amazing to see the animal activity there, Tomoko.

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  14. It looks a it bleak in the photos, but I know that walking in the woods in winter can be quite wonderful.

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    1. The light was muted and the evergreens almost looked black. It was peaceful though, AC.

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  15. A winter walk and a cup of hot chocolate. How delicious.

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  16. These are beautiful winter scenes. I like exploring in the snow.

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  17. It is fun, Ratty, especially with the animal tracks all around.

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  18. What a lovely walk. I could just feel the wind as you spoke of it, and know what you mean about the trees! We love walking in the forest too. How nice that the road was plowed. We walked today through knee+ deep snow, and it was exhausting. We love getting out to explore just like you do. Enjoyed seeing the different footprints in the snow too! :)

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  19. The winter weather is a challenge but worth it, SUI.

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