It was a dry summer and many trees are showing the effects of the dry weather. Leaves are withering away on some trees making us wonder if there’ll be much fall colour this year. Regardless, the Rotary Friendship Trail was welcoming as we headed out, drawing us into the forested greens along the trail on a cool but pleasant day.
While some of the deciduous trees look spent, the conifers are vibrant and full. The shortening daylight hasn’t affected them yet, not that we can see.
Many deciduous greens are beautiful although they look muted. As we continued, shocks of autumn maple red dotted the canopy,
lifting the eyes and us with them. Along the ground, young trees stood out among the ferns which were far from spent.
Sometimes an area looked verdant, with hardly a hint of autumn colour. Other times, around a turn, one arrived at sunlit beauty, teasing us about the weeks to come.
Some wildflowers, such as aster and goldenrod are hanging on to their blooms for another few days. They make a beautiful September garden.
Behind some goldenrod, the colour of fireweed which has gone to seed makes an autumn scene.
On the boardwalk by the harbour the next day, the wind was blowing as we looked out over the scene from the gazebo as we always do.
However, the shoreline had the appearance of autumn which had developed over the previous days.
A few days later, we cycled on the Confederation Trail. We can comfortably do 16 kilometres or 10 miles now. We headed west, driving through a small community with a lovely park and farm country where cattle were our companions
as potato fields waited for harvest.
Autumn will continue to sprinkle her magic over the island.