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Monday, 26 August 2019

A natural pleasure

This time of year my husband and I love to walk the beaches of Prince Edward Island. We visit all of our old favourites, like the beach at Brander’s Pond where a stream flows from the pond into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The pond meanders its way across the beach making it an area where young children love to play. The beach is pristine, bordered by sandstone cliffs except in the area of the stream. Cottages are visible from the beach though a few are not typical.

It’s too bad this one is so small.

A sea stack on the eastern side of the beach shows evidence of its cormorant residents. They are gone fishing this morning.

The sandstone cliffs show the erosion at sea level, undermining the overhanging cliff side. One can see how the sandstone from above has collapsed to the beach. I would not be brave enough to place a shade tent under that cliff.

The sea stack is a highlight of this beach. From near or far, the stack highlights the shoreline of the province. Up close, 

or seen by the adjacent coastline, it stands out. However, my favourite photos show the fields in the background 

or the headland in the distance.

Semipalmated plovers dart around the waves which lap the shore. An unusual sight is the chickadee-sized Least sandpiper which walks along the stream as we leave the beach.

Summer at the beach at Brander’s Pond is a natural pleasure.

Question and answer:

Linda at asked,”Have you and your man always been into nature or is this something you picked up after retirement?”

My husband and I were walkers before we retired. After retirement, before we moved to Prince Edward Island, we often went on hikes in various parts of central Newfoundland where we lived. During one of our most memorable hikes, we had a picnic as the snow fell gently around us.

After we moved to PEI, we continued in that tradition and have come to consider the outings an important part of our lives. 


eileeninmd said...


Beautiful beach and views. I love the sea stacks. The Plover is adorable. Gorgeous post and photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!

baili said...

captivating sights dear Marie

i am glad the way you shared the details of views around you

my favorite is rock in the water ,very poetic

these walk you both take are another version of love that exist between you guys still as deeply as it had once :)

more love and more joys to you my friend!

DJan said...

I guess walking is something that gets under your skin and follows you wherever you go. I know it is that way for me. I like the peek of the golden grand-dog in that first picture. That stack is fascinating from every angle! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Tabor said...

Being out in nature is such a healing and bonding experience.

Linda said...

Those poor people in that "cabin". Sure hope they have heat and plumbing ;)

Beautiful beach time. Here in Southern California we are always taught to steer clear of that run off as it is rarely clean. I would be fun to play in knowing it wasn't a health hazard.

Mage said...

...and our lives too. Thanks a lot.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think you either enjoy hiking or you don't Marie, like yourself and husband we have always enjoyed it too. So nice to head off early in the morning, the air in the morning is the freshest. Georgie is such a lucky dog ☺

Lowcarb team member said...

What a beautiful beach, lovely photographs in your post.

All the best Jan

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my. Oh my, oh my, oh my.
Every picture was a joy. I wouldn't be resting in that shade tent either. Picnicing in the snow sounds very special too. Many thanks.

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

Thanks so much for including us in your wanderings with your husband. Is he a photographer too?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow, what a palatial "cottage!" Sea stacks remind me a bit of the sandstone hoodoos we have here in the western badlands.

Bill said...

Surrounded by beauty both in your location and in your family life. Nothing can be greater than that. Awesome photos and narrative, thank you, Marie.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful scenes. I am pretty sure I would enjoy those walks along the shore.

William Kendall said...

What a lovely place!

Debbie said...

beautiful captures of this oh so pretty area!!

i love the thought of having a picnic during a snowfall. i may have to put that on my bucket list!!

Rose said...

O, I so love the ones with the fields in the background! Any child would love that beach...Lorelei would love that pond making its way across the beach.

Anvilcloud said...

I wonder if the occupants of that house have enough space.

Stewart M said...

It does look like a wonderful part of the world. Tiny wades are amazing - especially when you think about how for they fly when they migrate.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jenn said...

Could I just live in a room at that cottage?? I can hear the ocean and I miss it!