Our most recent visit to the Westmoreland River Nature Park in central Prince Edward Island was on a mild, calm day last week. The day before we’d had torrential rain and it may have been the reason the water was so muddy. However, though the area was settled into autumn, some of the flowers and animals, like us, were holding on to the last bit of warmth autumn has to offer.
There wasn’t much colour there until one looked more closely. A walk around the area revealed tiny splashes of colour from the hardiest of the wildflowers still blooming. Strangely enough, two lupin plants,
which are finished blooming in June, had flowers. Clover, asters and Queen Anne’s lace
lined the path as well.
Red berries were plentiful and will provide a luscious treat for the birds in the coming days.
were gone to seed for another year and the ducks came out from among them and swam up stream. Mallards
and American black ducks are plentiful in this area.
One of the most tranquil features is the running water.
Its sound soothes and relaxes the spirit as we sit on the dock to watch the ducks and listen to the water.
Nearby a farmer weeds his strawberry patch after what I imagine was a productive season.
Bees, wasps, dragonflies
and butterflies are plentiful this day, along with an occasional mosquito. It is late in the season for these insects.
We have never visited this area during the winter. Maybe this year...