Cavendish Grove in the national park on Prince Edward Island is a favourite location for my husband and I. It is a great place to have a picnic and walk in nature. On a cold but calm day recently, we had a great picnic there and walked through the grey.
The snow has been gone for several weeks now and spring is in the air. Trees are in bud and look to be developing nicely. For now, the trees are grey, trunk, branch and twig all give the impression of gloom, but there is much more going on.
Various textures give the trunks and branches character.
The grey of the lichens adds another dimension, as if they were painted tone on tone.
The shapes of the trunks of the trees in the grove are obvious without leaves as a distraction. Unusual shapes draw attention and almost take on an alien form.
The path has walls of grey,
which reach at least twenty meters high. Twigs stretch between trunks, uprights of various sizes, making a network of grey.
The hoof fungus stands out because of its shape but its colour blends in nicely.
It adds another texture to the tree grey. Behind the grey, a muted brown provides highlights.
Any colour here is muted now.
The white trunks of birches provide a bit of contrast.
We had a picnic in the grove, wearing our hand warmers as we ate.
The hot tea helped as did the walk after lunch. We only saw one other person during our time there.
The new green of spring will soon overshadow the grey for the next six months. It will emerge again as the leaves disappear for another year.