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Friday, 2 June 2017

To the Appalachian Trail

Look up! 


 


The back road to the woodland trails of Dromore in eastern Prince Edward Island was lined with tall trees. My husband and I were headed to the island part of the International Appalachian Trail, IAT. The road was rough and we decided to walk rather than take the car. It allowed us also to walk through a natural wonder before we even arrived at the trail.


 


Part of the road was lined with a stand of tall pines, such an unusual sight. 


 


The opposite side of the road had deciduous trees. Someone worked at planting these pines.


Listen!


The woods were alive.


We stopped often to listen in nature's aviary and to look. Our untrained eyes could not discern many birds in the tall trees. However, not even the flies, tormenting as they were, could detract from the sights and sounds of that road.


The old road was lined with dandelion and cabbage white butterflies fed on the yellow beauties. 


 


As we walked, the whites rose from their feeding, so on occasion, dozens of the little butterflies fluttered around us.


 


The road was a butterfly conservatory as well as an aviary.


On the Birding Loop of the IAT, we focused on natural features we had never seen before. This Shining Club moss was an unusual one, more like a small shrub. 


 


Painted Trilliums were scattered over the forest floor, a pretty distraction on the trail.


 


Lung lichen looks like a bunch of leaves stuck to a tree trunk until you notice these "leaves" don't have any veins. 


 


The holes at the base of tree trunks were intriguing. 


 


We were not brave enough to look inside any of them however.


 


 Who would want to disturb a skunk?


 


We walked back to the car at a fast pace to go to the beach for lunch. However, this walk was one of our favourite nature walks ever.


20 comments:

  1. Nature is really beautiful, as shown in those photos. Warm greetings!

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  2. What a gorgeous trillium! And beautiful nature.

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    1. The trillium is beautiful, for sure, Debra.

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  3. Just a wonderful walk, Marie. I love that pretty trillium, I have never seen one like it. :-)

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    1. It was my first time seeing it too, Jan.

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  4. Your blog posts are always so nice. I love the views and the "sounds" from your hike. Georgia has MANY tall pines. Like you, I would not have ventured a look into one of the holes in the tree! Hope you have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you, Mildred. The holes in the trees were tempting but common sense prevailed.

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  5. Hello,Marie
    Your pine wood is very dynamic. You find small creatures too! Those flowers and butterflies are pretty.
    Have a good weekend.

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    1. The butterflies were beautiful, Tomoko.

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  6. Beautiful! Love the dandelions and butterflies!!

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    1. The butterflies and dandelions were like magic, Debbie.

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  7. It looks, and sounds, GLORIOUS.
    Thank you.

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  8. Your hike was wonderful. It was a pleasure to see what you saw. I always enjoy the smells, sights and sounds of a hike on a trail.
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks Bill. There is nothing like a hike to renew the spirit..

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  9. It really felt like a walk while I read along. I always love a good nature walk.

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  10. It was an incredible walk, Ratty.

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  11. There really is an Appalchian Trail in PEI!

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