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Thursday, 12 November 2020

To the west

We were prepared to put our bikes away but a rare November 12 C day enticed us to go cycling again. My husband and I continued westward on Prince Edward Island, beginning at Portage. No need for warm clothing this day. The slight southerly breeze was warm and fall clothes were sufficient. The sun never exposed itself for the day, merely hinted at an appearance.





This section of trail has many flat straight stretches through areas of bog and farmland. The bogs are rimmed by juniper/larch trees which are pretty as their needles respond to the darker days and cooler temperatures. 





The deciduous trees are naked, spent leaves covering the woodland. Grey branches and trunks predominate and contrast with the browns of tall grasses and bulrushes.




White birches stand out in this setting.





The bare branches expose wasp and bird nests, curiosities now that their former residents have moved on. 





A cat stops to watch the two seniors approach on bikes. 






Further along the trail, a Ruffed Grouse follows a companion across the trail. I stopped for the first one, and while I waited for my husband, the second one sauntered across as well.





It was well camouflaged in the vegetation along the trail.





An old house on Jack-a-Point Road has seen better days. The roof could provide a roller coaster ride. The house doesn’t look that old which poses the question as to what caused its current curvaceous shape. 





One also has to wonder about the name of the road. 


On the way back to the car, we stopped for a breather. We had cycled thirty kilometres and were tired as we looked around. The light was typical of November but the stillness of the day was not. It was perfect!







31 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a big wasps nest! I mean, no one likes wasps, but isn't it amazing what they can create!

Anvilcloud said...

While you have many nice photos, that cat is a beauty.

Boud said...

Thanks for another beautiful virtual ride.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh I'm so glad you had another opportunity to take the bikes out for a ride Marie, so many beautiful scenarios for us to enjoy with you 💜

Linda said...

What a glorious but very chilly day. You two are braver than I am.

Martha said...

Great photos and I'm glad you were able to get another ride in. I love the shot of the White birches, that's frameable. The wasp nest looks gigantic! Now I'm curious about the house too. Let us know if you find out anything more about it. Have a great weekend :)

bill burke said...

A wonderful ride and lots to see and enjoy. Thanks for taking us along.
Happy weekend to you both.

Elephant's Child said...

How lovely that you were given this extra cycling day.
Thank you so much for sharing the beauty and the wonder.

Mage said...

You charm me as usual. I know no bird names and few tree names. Obviously I am missing a great deal. Your words enlighten. Thank you.

Helen said...

Wow, 30 km! You most certainly made the most of this exceptionally beautiful day and we got to join the ride. Lovely, lovely images.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots, but that cat has to be my favourite.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Even the cat got the "colors memo"!

✨💛✨

Debbie said...

fall is looking very beautiful, i am so glad you are enjoying your rides!!

Red said...

yOU TAKE EVERY CHANCE YOU GET TO ENJOY A RIDE.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Still so much beauty around. I love that road bordered by the Birch trees.

Lorrie said...

A beautiful ride with all those mellow colours and interesting sights.

Joanne Noragon said...

November certainly has been memorable.

The Padre said...

How Delightful - What An Inspiring Post - So Much To See - Proud Of You Two

Cheers

At Home In New Zealand said...

Fantastic that you managed another day of cycling, although you certainly went a long way. You saw some very interesting things - I found the bulrush photo really appealing :)

DJan said...

I so enjoy your sweet and gentle outings. And your pictures are simply wonderful. I suspected that you might use those bikes a time or two more this season. :-)

HWIT BLOGG said...

Lovely lovely pictures! Always nice visiting your blog :)
Titti

Catarina said...

A perfect day!!! : )

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Kudos to you both for getting out on your bikes again. The sighting of the Ruffed Grouse would have made the day for me.

Lea said...

Beautiful scenery!
Glad the weather was nice enough to be outdoors. Cute cat.
Have a wonderful weekend!

photowannabe said...

what an amazing place you get to wander through.
I love every one of your pictures.
I can feel the delicious fall-ish air and the crunch of the leaves.
Love the sun peeking through the overcast and the cattails beginning to explode.
Beautiful.
Sue

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I enjoyed this ride with you, the colorful trees and the pretty view looking down the trail with the picnic table. The kitty is cute, I hope it's home is nearby. Great sight and photos of the Ruffed Grouse.
The last scene is one of my favorites, very pretty. Take care, have a happy day and a great week ahead.

Rhodesia said...

Interesting photos. You obviously cope with the cold better than I do. 12C to me is cold !! Take care and stay safe Diane

The Liberty Belle said...

I feel as though I went along on the ride with you from viewing your photos. I like the snap with the kitty. Have a good week.

baili said...

i love thoroughly how your magical images transform my day dear Marie !!!!

you made me reach there with you and enjoy the stillness of your day :)

each photo is magnificently taken indeed and tells the story of fall in your area these days ,i am amazed and speechless !
thank you for sharing !

Danielle L Zecher said...

I love the picture of the road with the birches on both sides. It looks like a postcard. And the cat is so cute!

Susie of Arabia said...

Lots of life and so much nature to enjoy where you live!