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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Acadian forest

We are always looking for new trails and we found one close to home this past week. The John Hogg Trail is off the Confederation Trail in a neighbouring community of Kelvin Grove, just twenty minutes away. My husband and I looked forward to exploring this trail and it did not disappoint.

The small section of Acadian forest is located in the midst of farmland. 

It is a mature forest with hardwood trees at the start of their fall colour and beginning to shed their leaves. It was a perfect time to visit.

The trek into the forest winds its way through a field which is slowly progressing into forest.

Georgie, the golden grand-dog enjoyed rolling in the scent of some previous visitor to the area.

The height of the trees was impressive.

In some areas of the forest, the canopy darkened the forest floor. 

The colours overhead varied from green,

to a mix of greens, reds and yellows. 

In other areas, light shone through to abundant undergrowth. 

Ferns were in various stages of colour 

and young seedlings added touches of red and yellow to the forest floor.

Ground hemlock is a healthy undergrowth in this forest too with patches of it spread throughout the area. There is a clearly defined patch of the hemlock in one area.

                                 The patch of ground hemlock is dark green.

Some tree trunks look old. 

Some have curious growths.

One trunk grew around barbed wire.

Various birds calls, such as those of chickadees, bluejays and others we didn’t recognize, filled the air. We didn’t see any of the birds in the high canopy however.

This trail is not frequently used, judging from the condition of the pathway. It provided us with an hour of natural enjoyment, breathing in the fresh air, absorbing the sights and sounds of an unspoiled area close to home

We walked back the Confederation Trail and had our lunch at one of the many picnic areas along the trail. We looked over the countryside as we had our tea and sandwiches and Georgie munched on her snack. Another perfect day!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

A beautiful day for a hike!

DJan said...

What wonderful pictures of a gorgeous area, Marie. I love Georgie's enthusiasm. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Looks like Georgie girl was loving this walk Marie, isn't it funny how they love to roll around in 'the scent of a previous visitor' ☺ Autumn is well on its way here.

Tabor said...

Fresh clean air, crunch leaves, who could ask for more?

Linda d said...

Another wonderful day for a walk in nature. I think I'll take a nap now....hard work. :)

Debbie said...

this looks like the perfect path for georgie, nice and wide, with plenty of trees to "christen"!!! you have some color there, we don't really have any....but it matters not. any day is a good day for a walk in the woods!!

pretty pictures, it is a beautiful area!!!

Joanne Noragon said...

I am far, far into a fascinating book, On Trails, by Robert Moor. The idea the world was circumnavigated by "roads" long before civilization took note fascinates me. I'm into a section now about the IAT; the International Appalachian Trail. Do you have any of that trail near you?

Secondary Roads said...

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William Kendall said...

What a beautiful woodland! Well worth exploring, and Georgie certainly seems happy.

Mage said...

How do you find these wonderful trails to walk on and to share with us. Thank you so much.

Celia said...

Georgie is a great hiking companion. Such a beautiful place. I imagine the other three seasons must be as gorgeous there and quiet there except maybe spring as it looks like a great place for birds.

Bill said...

What a beautiful hike in a beautiful area. Exploring is always fun. Georgie is always ready for one of your hikes. :)

Catarina said...

Yes, another perfect day provided by beautiful P.E.I.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Great pictures! I absolutely love it when the leaves are a mix of green with the fall colors just beginning to come in. I think that's one of the prettiest times of year.

Georgie is very well coordinated with the fall colors. :-)

Jenn said...

Pretty! I love how soft the ferns look.

Barbara said...

Sounds like a wonderful outing and it certainly was beautiful.

jenny_o said...

What gorgeous scenes! Forests and beaches are two completely opposite environments but each so lovely. You have caught this one very well with your camera.

Down by the sea said...

We have had a similar walk here although your trees look huge in comparison to here! Sarah x