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Friday, 19 May 2017

The beach near Brander's Pond

Brander's Pond is mere meters from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A river flows from the pond onto the beach and into the Gulf. As my husband and I neared the trail to the sea, we paused and looked at each other.


 


"We won't be able to have lunch on the beach today. The sand is blowing around," he said.


Approaching the beach, we realized it was not sand but ground fog. It emanated from the damp sand, just inside the waterline.


 

Then the wind blew it further on-shore where it quickly dissipated. It created an ethereal look to the beach. 


 


We walked in the fog, watching it rise around us. The air was cold and the breeze made it necessary to wear gloves. However, it was fresh, clean and invigorating. Walking there, I forgot about my aching hip and knees, feeling like my younger self for a few minutes. The brief experience of that younger body felt good.


 


This area of coastline is shallow. A sand bar is visible under a thin layer of water. The waves, which were high that day, broke a distance from shore, creating white water. The ocean sounded powerful.


 


Faces were everywhere, carved by that power, etched into the soft sandstone. 


 


Every year, the faces change with the erosion of the cliffs.


 


This year, they were more obvious than ever before.


 


We were the only people on the beach and walked for almost two hours. We had lunch sat on a huge piece of driftwood as the fog rose around us. It was a dining experience, as if from a mystery novel. Every day on this gentle island brings new wonders.


32 comments:

  1. Such a lovely place you live, Marie. I am a fan of fog and how it makes things look ethereal. A gentle island indeed. :-)

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    1. The fog that day was unusual, Jan. Memorable for sure.

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  2. Agatha Christie would have loved it.

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  3. What an amazing experience Marie, I love the idea of slipping into a 'no aching knees' parallel even for a short time ☺ The cliff faces are incroyable, you do find the best places to enjoy your lunches, excellent series of images.

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    1. Thank you, PDP. The pain free time was wonderful!

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  4. "Walking there, I forgot about my aching hip and knees, feeling like my younger self for a few minutes."

    I understand completely.

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    1. Age gives us many common experiences, AC.

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  5. Ahhh.
    Reading this post, and admiring the images, I could feel tension seep away. Thank you. Lots.

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    1. Great, EC. That's how I felt there.

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  6. Whau!!! Breathtaking! It looks so incredibly beautiful! Indeed a place that looks like is jumping out of the pages of a great mystery novel.

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  7. I am so envious of your picnic! Sounds delightful and I love these photos. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. You too, Mildred. Thank you.

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    2. Thanks for your birthday wishes for Larry. I also have an older sister, Karen. She blogs also at http://lilyvalley-karen.blogspot.com/ She lives in Indiana, and we are in Georgia.

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    3. I shall visit her, Mildred.

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  8. Walking and forgetting you aching hip
    and knees is wonderful. Here’s hoping
    you get more of that.

    Interesting how the faces change
    each year, on the cliffs.
    Wow, two hours and only you two.
    I love it.

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    1. For many of our walks here we are alone in an area, HW.

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  9. Such a beautiful yet mysterious looking day for your picnic. I know how soft the PEI rock is for the chunks I brought home for my garden are disintegrating merely from the weather.

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    1. The rocks I collect meet the same fate, Judith.

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  10. When the weather doesn't cooperate, you just make the best of it, and what a lovely day you ended up having! In spite of the wind, you persevered and enjoyed a beautiful and private walk on the beach, so invigorating indeed. I enjoyed looking at the rocks in your pictures, and thought I saw faces too :)

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  11. These excursions are wonderful in all weather, Marilyn.

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  12. So beautiful, just lovely!
    Have a great weekend now...
    Titti

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  13. What a wonderful place to enjoy for yourselves. No matter the weather, places like these are priceless! Beautiful photos and thank you for sharing your journey.

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  14. Love the rock formations. If I squint at the pictures I can see lots of familiar shapes of things. A bear. A dog. Man with a long face. Magic.

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  15. Lol. Thanks for visiting, Keith.

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  16. i love fog and it's effect in pictures!! this looks like a lovely place!!

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    1. It was beautiful there that day, Debbie.

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  17. Nice atmosphere with the fog and the waves.

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