Shade along the Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island, prevents the snow from melting on the old rail bed.
While the fields beyond the greenbelt are bare,
areas of deep drifted snow on the trail are crusted and crunchy under foot.
Georgie, the golden grand-dog is delighted to be out for a run.
The snow slows us down as we walk along, giving us time to observe the wind damage from the past winter. There is a lot of damage as trees and branches have fallen the last several months though none on the trail itself.
I am always surprised by the determination and resilience of trees here. Hydro lines run along part of the trail and trees in that area are trimmed periodically to ensure they don't interfere with the lines. Still the trees grow, sending up thin branches into the light. It is hard to hold a good tree back.
Some of the fields were seeded last autumn to prevent erosion.
Those left unseeded are muddy this spring. One on the lower side of the trail has a pool of water along the tree line. Before long, the water will soak into the soil as it thaws.
The geese have been back since the first of spring and we found one of their haunts that day. A field, about mid way between roads which intersect the trail, away from any houses, was covered with hundreds of geese.
Georgie was quiet but something spooked them and off they went,
with much bravado.
The birches stand out against the gray and earthy tones this time of year.
They are always a favourite.
April on the trail highlights the soil, the trees and animal life, such as the geese, amid the vestiges of winter.