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Monday, 12 June 2017

Unspoiled


In the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island, my husband and I had a picnic in the shadow of the cemetery in Egmont Bay, a peaceful area overlooking the ocean. 


 


Afterwards, we walked the beach as we usually do, combining a walk with a new area to explore. We were not disappointed.


There are a few homes and cottages built back from the shoreline. As we walked east along the shore however, we approached an area without homes and cottages. There was an estuary where the Jacques River flows into an inlet of the Northumberland Strait. It was wild and unspoiled.


 


Spotted sandpipers were busy along the shoreline but scurried ahead of us down the beach. 


 


Ring-billed gulls stood in the receding tide as unidentified small fish came to the surface of the water nearby. The gulls munched on some of them as we watched.


 


A pair of osprey nested in the forest beyond the beach, alternately circling overhead and perching in the trees.


 


Along the shoreline, a willet, a large shorebird, had its mottled brown plumage, which announced it was breeding season.


 


A beaver pond, positioned between the beach and the forest was an interesting discovery when we looked over the bank. Again, the beavers were elusive.


 


Along the beach, at the mouth of the estuary, raccoon tracks elicited images of marauding raccoons at sunset, ready to snatch anything they encounter.


 


We paused along that shoreline to absorb the wilderness feel of the place.


28 comments:

DJan said...

You are so blessed to live in such a place. Thank you for taking me long on your wilderness walk. :-)

Ratty said...

So many wonderful nature sights to see. I always wanted to see a beaver or at least a beaver dam.

troutbirder said...

Wild and unspoiled is my kind of place which partly explain our three trips from Minnesota to you beautiful island. Of course, my spouses fascination with a young girl who live in a green gabled house explained the first one. The I loved the fascinating beaches and Evangeline....:)

Debbie said...

i am a picnic lover, especially one on the beach!! pretty images, nice shore birds and a great capture of the osprey!!!

Blogoratti said...

Really wonderful view and photos.

Tomoko said...

You live close to such a beautiful beach! Wonderful view to walk as always, Marie.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Marauding racoons you say Marie, now that would be a sight to see ☺ Love to see all the different water birds, you caught quite a variety here.

Elephant's Child said...

What an absolutely magical walk. Thank you.

Angela said...

Just beautiful! It must be a treat to walk around in such a natural place. Incredible that you know the names of all these birds!! Hugs to you Marie and thank you!

bill burke said...

All these photos are spectacular. The views and the birds, what a gorgeous place to have a picnic.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your variety of photos from your picnic.

Marie Smith said...

We love it here, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

The beavers are difficult to photograph, Ratty.

Marie Smith said...

Ann is a big draw for sure, troutbirder. What's down those country roads is the real PEI.

Marie Smith said...

The osprey was the photo of the day. The picnic was great, Debbie. Nothing like a beach picnic!

Marie Smith said...

The area was beautiful, Blogoratti!

Marie Smith said...

It is a great area, Tomoko. And not too far away.

Marie Smith said...

We do well with the water birds, PDP. Woodland birds are another story!

Marie Smith said...

It is a special place, EC.

Marie Smith said...

I love identifying the birds, Angela. It is exciting to find a new one.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Bill. It was a special place.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks Mildred. Have a great week.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Such a peaceful looking place for a walk. We had beavers move into the pond where our arboretum is a couple of years ago and the only way we got to see them was with a night trail cam.

Marie Smith said...

Makes perfect sense, Judith. Those beavers a elusive.

Down by the sea said...

what a wonderful location, so peaceful and full of wildlife. Sarah x

Marie Smith said...

We shall return, Sarah.

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice to find a bit of 'wilderness'.

Marie Smith said...

There isn't much left these days, so this area was a huge find, FG.