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Monday, 23 October 2017

Dunelands


The name could be a title for a science fiction novel. Not this time however. It is an area in the national park on Prince Edward Island and while it isn’t a science fiction setting, it has an interesting geography.


This area includes the sand dunes of Cavendish Beach in the center of the island. 




Here, a pond, like so many on the island, was an inlet of the Gulf of St Lawrence which was cut off from the sea by the accumulation of beach sand.




Over the ages, the salt water in the pond was neutralized by rain and fresh water flowing into it. Now Macneill’s Pond is a home to fish and a resting/feeding place for Canada geese.




The dunes are covered in Maram grass and other vegetation. 




They are a great habitat for a variety of plants and animals, including foxes which have dens in the dunes. We saw a fox just west of Dunelands, making his rounds in a parking lot.




A rustic fence keeps park goers from walking on the dunes.




A boardwalk traverses the pond and provides a great view of the geese and fish in the water.




The area is in the flight path of the geese 




and we were pleased with the photos we took of the geese overhead.

Dunelands isn’t a large area but it is a natural wonder.

47 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful place, Marie. Much nicer than the ones in that sci-fi novel I read years ago. Love that last picture! Well done. :-)

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    1. I am finally satisfied with the geese photos, Jan.

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  2. Excellent shot of the geese flying overhead Marie.. I read and enjoyed a science fiction trilogy called Dune years ago, your title made me think about it ☺

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  3. That's a magnificent shot of the Canada geese in flight!

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  4. Rather a lot of us seem to have read that book, even people like me who've read very little science fiction. Dunelands looks very much like some parts of North Norfolk, which are also rich in wildlife. Very nicely framed picture of the Canada Geese.

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  5. A beautiful spot. I wondered how visitors were kept from wandering into/onto the dunes. Thanks for the fence shot.

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    1. That fence is weathered beautifully, Joanne.

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  6. Very interesting. Beautiful place

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  7. Love this place, what a perfect spot to stop and view the wildlife all round. Love your photos and the fox and geese are incredible. Keep well Diane

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    1. There was lots of wildlife in that area, Diane.

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  8. that geese shot is amazing! you have every right to be extremely pleased with that!

    Such a lovely area; thanks for sharing, Marie!

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  9. Your excellent pictures make it seem like we are actually there. Wonderful !

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  10. So very beautiful and interesting. The fox photo is amazing!

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    1. The fox is fattened up after the summer, Mildred.

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  11. Gorgeous photos! That fox is unique looking, his colours are pretty.

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    1. Foxes here often are variously coloured, Jenn.

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  12. These photos are awesome!!! The photo of the geese is spectacular! You make all of us want to go live in Canada!! Such beautiful nature your country has! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The geese in that location fly overhead, Angela. It is easy to take a good photo. Thank you!

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  13. Magnificent. Be careful you don't attract hoards of visitors :-).

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    1. Tourism is on the increase here, Celia.

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  14. Definitely a natural wonder.
    Love all the photos, but am super impressed with the geese overhead.

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  15. Wow, some stunning photos Marie. What an abundant area for wildlife, it must be so nice to see. I love the fox, it is very cool looking and the Canadian geese in flight is absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. That area is a natural wonder for sure!

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  16. a beautiful spot where nature abounds!! i have never see a fox with that coloring!!!

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    1. Foxes here can be variously coloured, Debbie.

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  17. That's a beautiful spot. I will keep it in mind in case we are visiting PEI in future, Marie.

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    1. Cavendish Beach area is a must see, Jenny.

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  18. Barb left a comment I was unable to post, so I copied it.

    Your photos and the landscape are gorgeous! Your fox has so much more black than ours here in CO.

    Barb's blog is at https://www.blogger.com/profile/04984171407726520584

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  19. PEI is a beautiful island. A photographer's delight.
    : )

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  20. Paul Muad'Dib would be so pleased with the transformation of Dune. There were some great books in that series although some weren't quite up to the others.

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    1. The name is on signage in the park, AC. I wonder if the person who named the area was familiar with Dune?

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  21. That's an amazing place, thank you so much for sharing this with us. Sarah x

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  22. PRECIOSAS FOTOS!!!
    ME ENCANTA EL ZORRO.
    SALUDITOS

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  23. We camped near there with our kids in 1988. Great place!

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