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Monday, 8 May 2017

Shifting sands

Sunny and 10 degrees C. Time for a picnic and a walk on the beach.  We don't need a reason just the weather. After all, it only takes a few minutes to steep some tea and make a sandwich. My husband always has homemade bread rolls ready. Brackley Beach in the national park on Prince Edward Island was our destination.


We took the back roads, though the main highways on the island aren't all that busy at  any time. Within the hour we arrived and quickly started for the beach. The sand dunes near the boardwalk had shifted over the past winter and sand covered a section of the boardwalk.


 


Park personnel are not out in full force yet.


It was one of those days; if you waited five minutes, the weather changed. The skies clouded over and it rained, cleared and repeated during our excursion. On occasion the skies looked ominous,


 


but the sun would break through and change the scene. 


 


Though it rained twice, both times were short lived and warm enough that we didn't mind.


The highest sand dunes we've seen thus far on the island are located here at Brackley. Some towered at least fifteen feet above the beach.


 


Waves and wind made for one of those days when the sound of the beach fills your senses and controls your thoughts. It wasn't cold but we zippered our jackets as we walked into the wind. 


During the winter,  the Gulf of St Lawrence cast ashore some buoys from traps set off-shore. 


 


They are on the upper part of the beach, far from the usual high tide mark. Stormy seas must have thrust them forth.


 


The waters around the island can be calm as to barely lap the shore. This day, the waves had crests and troughs, the crests breaking as they neared the shore. The white water sent a spray into the air, as the wind blew across the surface. 


 


Seaweed, a constant along the sandy beaches of the island, rested on the beach.


 


A huge log, at the base of the sand dunes, was partly covered by the shifting sand. 


 


It was a great place to sit and take in the scene on a beach which feels like it goes on forever. Several people in the distance are the only other humans.


 


Time for lunch.




28 comments:

  1. What a lovely setting for a picnic and walk. So glad it was warm enough that the rain did not bother you. I enjoyed the pictures very much. Have a nice new week.

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    1. It was a great day at the beach, Mildred.

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  2. Lucky you, to be by the sea. Regardless of the weather.

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    1. We are never far from the sea on this little island, Shammickite.

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  3. That's a lot of sand on the boardwalk in the first photo.

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    1. It wa surprising to see the sand there, AC.

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  4. I could feel the wind and rain from your description, Marie. And I bet you had to wash off that salt spray later! Thanks for the great beach adventure and taking me along. :-)

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    1. It was an interesting day weatherwise, Jan. You never let the weather stop you and it inspires me.

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  5. Lots of wave energy in that first photo! Amazing what that ocean can do.

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    1. It truly is, Tabor. The erosion alone is incredible to see every year. The dunes are so important!

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  6. Seashores are beautiful and the water mighty! Andrea

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    1. My favourite place is a seashore, Andrea.

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  7. The perfect way to spend the morning Marie, and all for free.. brilliant!

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    1. All you have to do it go, PDP. It is brilliant!

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  8. It's great to live near the water. Lots of sights, sounds and very peaceful. Wonderful images..

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    1. It was wonderful to get back to the sea again when we moved to this island. We had lived inland for so long, Bill.

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  9. ooooh it's just so pretty there. we have lot's of picnic's on the beach as well - it just seems like the perfect place!!

    a pretty piece of drift wood, i wouldn't mind having that in my garden!! have a happy monday!!

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    1. It was so big you'd need a crane to get that driftwood off the beach, Debbie.

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  10. What a wonderful place for a picnic, it was lovely seeing how the scene changed with the weather. Sarah x

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    1. The light made all the difference to the scenery, Sarah.

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  11. Oooh. And ahhh.
    Thank you. It is too long since I have seen, smelt, heard, felt the sea.

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    1. Time to get back to the sea, EC.

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  12. What a wonderful walk that was. Thanks so much for taking us along.

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  13. Delightful rugged landscape, perfect for a walk and to find things.

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    1. It is a great place for a walk, Judith.

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