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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Westmoreland River Nature Park

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.





Goldenrod 





and bulrushes 





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...


25 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Idyllic!

Debbie said...

it is amazing what one will see when we look hard enough. we had a little goldenrod in bloom last time we looked!!

the water is beautiful!!

DJan said...

What a lovely area, Marie. Your pictures have brought this place to life for me. I wish you would visit in winter so I can see what it looks like then. Thank you for sharing it. :-)

Linda said...

Life goes on.....

Did you ever read the Lupine Lady? I read it to my kids regularly and they loved it. My oldest gives it to friends when they are pregnant with a couple of packs of lupine seeds. Sweet book.

Linda said...

The book is actually called Miss Rumphius. I just remembered that we called it the Lupine Lady.

Tabor said...

WE also have a park with a similar name!

At Home In New Zealand said...

I could happily sit on that dock with you! I love sitting by water, whether it is lapping or gurgling or crashing (as in waves). It makes one feel renewed and ready to face the world again.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for your open eyes and heart.
Truly gorgeous photos which capture the serenity and beauty.

bill burke said...

A beautiful area to explore nature and listen to it. So much beauty to see and enjoy.

Ratty said...

I wish we had rivers like that around here in my part of Iowa. Our rivers don't look like that. They look like muddy areas that were cut out of the soft ground.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Your words together with the pictures, create a scene of peace and calm. I love that.

Joanne Noragon said...

That reddish brown water makes a nice background, too.

Rose said...

So many beautiful scenes here...I don't think there is anything left here in the blooms or butterfly dept, but I would not mind being wrong!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It's a really wonderful series of images, displaying nature's beauty in myriad ways. To sit on that dock and wile away an hour or two would be a real pleasure.

Catarina said...

The gentle sound of a stream is so soothing.
Your posts provide soothing moments as well. : )

Cathy said...

Lovely walk today Marie. It's good to know not everything has decided to close down for the year

You've reminded us that we must remember to open our eyes to see what's around us.

Stewart M said...

I great time of year to look for colour I think. That water does look a little chocolaty!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Surprisingly similar to the wildlife I encountered on my walk yesterday, though here things might hold out for another month or so before succumbing to the winter chill, though it won't be anything near as cold as you experience there.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You always notice the colour and interest things on your walks Marie, love seeing them 💙

photowannabe said...

Stunning and so lovely.
I feel so much peace looking at your photos.
The last one of the dragonfly is a masterpiece.

Mage said...

Your words and images are always a gift to me. Thank you.

Barbara said...

Lovely. You should write a children's book and include pictures of all the flowers/trees/plants, insects, and historical walks. You have so much information at hand.

William Kendall said...

Such a beautiful area!

baili said...

lovely walk Marie

i agree flowing water is most powerful feature among trails :)
you captured everything sublimely ,specially red berries look elegant
floating ducks convey the serenity best indeed :)

jenny_o said...

Lovely shots. The red berries are so perfect they hardly look real!