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Friday, 27 October 2017

The Landing and beyond


The estuary looks different from above. 




The water looks cold as the gray sky creates a mood which sunshine makes unfamiliar. The straw coloured grasses and bulrushes signify the season. Where there is enough soil for trees, they are changing slowly with the diminishing light.




We had walked The Landing, a dirt road which runs along the estuary and were headed back to our friends’ home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. 




This is their daily walk in their new hometown. While it is challenging near the end, with the climb up from the lowlands, it is easy for Carlo and Hiltrud after their months of practice.



We need jackets this day as the northerly wind is cool. The trail along the water is well used by residents and we meet a number of them along the way. There are lots of dogs to make friends with. We take our time, rest on occasion, 




and take photographs. The grasses and bulrushes along the road provide a good border from the water which flows to and from St.George’s Bay.




Trees line the fields nearby and autumn colours abound.




Carlo points out an eagle’s nest, partly hidden by the trees. 




Just beneath it, a bald eagle we name Sam, sits and surveys his domain. The detail in his feathers is impressive.




Along the way, we pass gardens where the autumn colour causes us to pause and take in the scenes. 




The next day, a deer was enjoying the plants in those gardens. Deer are an unusual sight for us as there are none in our native Newfoundland or on Prince Edward Island. My husband and I were excited to see her.




Autumn looks good in Antigonish

34 comments:

DJan said...

What a beautiful walk! And we have plenty of deer around here, but she is especially lovely. Thank you for taking me along on the walk, too. :-)

Rhodesia said...

Oh I would love that walk, and wow seeing a bald eagle would make my day plus. Have a great weekend Diane

Joanne Noragon said...

Fabulous pictures.

Linda d said...

Stunning Marie. I love my year round easy climate but nothing compares to the intense beauty of fall in places that actually have fall.

Andrea said...

Beautiful colors! Neat to see the bald eagle. Andrea

Barbara said...

Autumn is beautiful there. Wish I could experience it too.

Elephant's Child said...

Oh wow. The colours, the eagle (and its impressive nest), the deer...
Lovely walking with you - as always.

Anvilcloud said...

How wonderful for you: visit with friends, great scenery; an eagle; and a deer.

bill burke said...

What a wonderful walk, beautiful scenery and nature showing her colours. Seeing the bald eagle and deer, priceless!
Have a wonderful weekend, Marie.

Marie Smith said...

I know deer can be a nuisance in one's garden, but to someone who has never lived with them, they are great, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

The eagle is a beauty, Diane!

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Joanne!

Marie Smith said...

I would love to try your climate for a year, Linda.

Marie Smith said...

The eagle was a real treat, Andrea.

Marie Smith said...

I love autumn too, Barbara.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, EC. Glad you came along.

Marie Smith said...

It was a great visit, AC.

Marie Smith said...

It was a great walk, Bill. Have a great weekend too.

Catarina said...

The scenery is breathtaking!!

This is Canada!!
: )

Marie Smith said...

It is indeed, Catarina!

Debbie said...

wow!! even though the skies are gray, your captures are gorgeous. i am missing the bright colors that you are seeing. beautiful deer and amazing to see the eagle, great snap!!!

Silver in AZ said...

ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, Marie! And is that you on the bench! Yay! Love to see your sweet face!

Barb said...

What a wonderful landscape to enjoy on a walk! I'm loving the fall colors.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Debbie. The eagle was a great sight and we were as excited about the deer.

Marie Smith said...

My friend Hiltrud is on the bench, SW? She has a sweet face!

Marie Smith said...

We are past peek colours now as the leaves are soon gone altogether, Barb. It's been a great autumn so far though.

Jenn said...

Autumn definitely looks good in Antigonish! I wish the autumn colours lasted a bit longer. I was out taking photos last weekend and everything seemed so drab.

Marie Smith said...

I have started on the leaf-less photos in some areas already too, Jenn. I know what you mean by drab though I find that some scenes are beautiful without the colour.

Down by the sea said...

The autumn colours are fantastic so good to see wild animals in their natural habitat. Sarah x

jenny_o said...

Beautiful shots, Marie! You caught many things of interest with your lens.

Marie Smith said...

The animals were a special treat, Sarah.

Marie Smith said...

Antigonish is a great place, Jenny.

The Furry Gnome said...

Wonderful to have a nice trail nearby for daily walks.

Marie Smith said...

We have many such spaces in this country, FG.