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Friday, 30 June 2017

A walk in June

Low tide and the city workers had just finished on the beach, removing the seaweed which accumulates there. 


 


The sun was in its late morning position in the June sky, its heat attempting to penetrate to the bones. The breeze made it bearable as my husband and I walked on the boardwalk in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.


Our city does a great job maintaining the grounds around this trail and the trail itself. The wild roses, which line a part of the trail, are in bloom now and add splashes of colour to the June green.


 


We are accustomed to this trail with leafless trees for months of the year. When the leaves are unfurled for the long hours of daylight, we stop often to admire the setting.


 

                                   Can you find the squirrel in this scene?


While the geese are gone north now, the grackles are busy collecting grubs to feed their young. 


 


The song sparrows are singing their usual melodies, this time with dame's rockets in the foreground. 


 


The blue jays, ever present,


 


are vying for their share of the peanut shells which adoring residents throw out for the squirrels 


 


and chipmunks. 


 


White-throated Sparrows are busy collecting the seeds left by human benefactors as well.


 


Two osprey nests, in different areas of the boardwalk, are occupied, the residents settled deep in their large homes which contain fresh greenery and some recycled material.


 


The fiddleheads have unfurled now 


 


and ferns are plentiful along the sides of the trail. Dandelion are gone to seed and some have yet to be dispersed by the wind. 


 


Meanwhile willow seed covers the sides of the trail in places. 


 



Nature always has surprises for us along this boardwalk.


28 comments:

Blogoratti said...

What a lovely beach and so clean. Great photos and I see the squirrel sitting pretty in that scenic photo. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend!

DJan said...

Very beautiful scenes, and yes I found the squirrel! :-)

Tabor said...

The tall phlox in my yard is also taking off. I need to divide and transplant. Those squirrels are certainly cute.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great photos!

Elephant's Child said...

I do love wandering with you. Megathanks.

Anvilcloud said...

Did you upload higher res pics than normal today, or is my connection just slow? Anyway, they all loaded in due course, and the look good.

Marie Smith said...

The beaches here are pristine, Blogoratti.

Marie Smith said...

That squirrel looks so small in the immensity of setting, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

I thought the rocket was phlox until I checked, Tabor.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

I enjoy taking you with me, EC.

Marie Smith said...

These pics are the same resolution as always, AC.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh my gosh you are so observant Marie, what a delightful series of images from along your walk.. always enjoy seeing your bird captures and yes that sweet wee squirrel up there cheekily looking over the edge is adorable!

Shammickite said...

HAPPY CANADA DAY Marie and husband..... enjoy the long weekend and all the celebrations.
And I had trouble uploading these pics too, but got to see them eventually.

Debbie said...

what a beautiful array of critters, photographed brilliantly!! happy canada day, i have visited twice and loved canada!!
oooh and i loved the purple, well, that goes without saying!!!

Silver in AZ said...

the purple and white field of flowers are gorgeous!

bill burke said...

A wonderful stroll on the boardwalk with lots to see and enjoy. Thank you Marie.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Marie Smith said...

A walk in the same area always has something new, PDP.

Marie Smith said...

I don't know what is going on, Shammickite. AC had problems too.

Tomoko said...

Wonderful walk to feel breeze on the beach and find pretty animals and birds,Marie.
We have a hot and dry rainy season now.

Marie Smith said...

Lol. Any time I see purple now, I think of you, Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

There s such wild beauty everywhere, SW.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Bill. Have a great weekend.

Marie Smith said...

It is a great place to walk, Tomoko. It is always different.

Ginnie said...

I sound like a broken record but I must repeat myself ... you really do live in Paradise, Marie !

Ratty said...

Lots of cool stuff, especially the animals. I found the squirrel. I won't ruin the location for everyone else, but the squirrel is a little red squirrel.

Marie Smith said...

It is pretty special, Ginnie.

Marie Smith said...

We only have red squirrels here, Ratty.