Some of our favourite trails on Prince Edward Island are on the Bonshaw Hills, east of home. It was overcast, cool and calm and we only had two hours so we decided to stick to the main trail. It did not disappoint. While the deciduous trees are leafless still, the green of the coniferous trees was rejuvenating.
There were areas where the wind had taken its toll over the last six months. Young trees were felled as if a giant went through and toppled them but not just young trees.
Some of the mature trees succumbed to the high wind this past winter and spring. They were cracked off like match sticks.
The exposed roots on the trail always fascinate me.
These sacred vessels acquire and transport life sustaining nutrients which the tree needs to sustain itself and us ultimately. They are visible in numerous places on the trails.
Along the trail, we stop for a look at the West River,
a popular place for anglers. This area has stairs which provide a short-cut to other trails off the main trail.
Some of the trees show how busy the woodpeckers are in the hills.
We see Pileated and Hairy woodpeckers. Neither allows time for a photo.
Part of the trail goes through old homesteads where some huge old trees stand majestically over the countryside. One has a swing probably like it had decades ago.
There are several stands of pine trees along the trail, where the trail is covered with pine needles and the canopy is enclosed. The trees have whorls of empty branches as the tree grows taller.
We had our picnic at the park where there were a few bikers. The area is busiest when school is over for the summer.