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Friday, 28 May 2021

At the beach

A beautiful sunny day without much wind drew my husband and me to the beach for a walk for the first time this year. We decided on the beach at Brander’s Pond to see how the sea stack there had fared over the last year. It is one of my favourite beaches but I have many favourites on Prince Edward Island.


Along the way we passed the Cavendish Farms Wetland, an area with huge grasses which the Red-winged blackbirds love. They found a way to land on the tall grasses, 





which sway under their weight, making them impossible to photograph.


At our destination, the pond is mere metres from the shoreline and a stream flows to the beach nearby. This year, Mallards and Ring-necked Ducks swam there. 





The local cottagers have fortified sides of the stream closet to the road which leads to the cottages lining the shoreline above the beach. The steam meanders more along the beach now than it has in the past however.




The sea stack looks much the same as last May, except the cormorants are hanging out there again. It is good to see the prehistoric looking birds back at one of their old haunts. 



                                                                        May 2020



                                                                                                                                                        


                                                                                  May 2021


The face in the cliff looks more tired though. You can’t blame it after this past pandemic year.

The beach is in pristine condition, undoubtedly people picked up any debris which was deposited over the winter. Some seaweed is all that remains. We will only leave footprints which will vanish with the tide. 





Walking along, we could see fog rising from the wet sand in the distance. We imagine the earth, like us, is ready to exhale.





The sound of the sea fills the senses. It is good to be back for another year. 



34 comments:

DJan said...

It's a beautiful beach. I am glad the prehistoric stacks are still there and looking pretty much the same after this pandemic year. :-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I hope your summer is filled with more beach visits!

Tomoko said...

Such a beautiful beach!
Especially I like the third photo.

judee said...

Such a quiet lovely beach. I always love visiting an area when I have it all to myself and it's so untouched. Beautiful photos as usual that I really enjoyed. Thanks

Martha said...

Such a beautiful beach. I know we will be seeing lots of beach trips in the coming months. Thanks for always sharing your lovely photos with us. :)

Beside a babbling brook... said...

How lucky you are, to be able to easily access a beach...

Interesting, a stream which runs so close to the shore. Don't think I have ever seen such.

Again, how lucky you are!!!!!

Gentle hugs...
😊 😊

Celia said...

Beautiful, peaceful place. Good to see the stacks are still holding on. Some of our beaches got a remodeling this last winter.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Your walk on the beach looks great. The sea stacks and cliffs are a wonderful sight!
Nice sightings of the ducks and cormorants. Have a happy day!

William Kendall said...

Quite a lovely beach.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Those red cliffs remind me of the coasts of Devon in the UK. The sea stack looks relatively unharmed by the winter.

Catarina said...

The sound and the smell of the sea fill the senses...
I miss that!

Elephant's Child said...

How wonderful that the cormorants are back. Thank you for taking us to this beautiful, beautiful spot.
My father often said take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints. You did both.

bill burke said...

Oh,how I love the ocean. Salty breezes, the waves coming, going and smashing the rocks. Birds chirping and talking, sounds like heaven to me. Enjoy your weekend, Marie.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Lovely views. Seeing the open water must be wonderful.

Lorrie said...

The sight and sound of the sea is both calming and invigorating. I did not grow up near the sea and now, after 20 years, I love it and wouldn't want to be too far from it. I'm glad the sea stack is surviving. There is so much erosion on your beautiful island.

Red said...

I can see why you I would walk this beach. It's beautiful.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful photos of the sea stacks. I can't imagine anything more enjoyable than walking along these beaches!

The Furry Gnome said...

I can imagine you'd enjoy being back on the beach!

Joanne Noragon said...

The sea does take a toll on hard rock

Mage said...

Welcome back.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Do you happen to know the scientific name of those tall grasses and whether they are native? Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis), often simply referred to as phragmites, is a huge problem here.

Anvilcloud said...

That is a very fine shoreline to photograph.

Boud said...

I agree about the phragmites grass. Big problem on the US Eastern seaboard, though it's native.

This was a lovely calming post, with the empty shore, of humans, that is. We have black backed cormorants too. Usually a sign of good fishing.

The rock's nose has got a bit more worn down.

Tanza Erlambang said...

temperature must be nice and warmer in Canada now.... enjoy summer time.

Have a wonderful weekend

John's Island said...

Hi Marie, Great post about your visit to the beach at Brander’s Pond. That 3rd photo is another award winner. Your 4th photo of the sea stack reminds me of the Haystack Rock area around Canon Beach, Oregon, way over here on the West Coast. Pictures are in my post from December 3, 2017 ...

https://john-s-island.blogspot.com/2017/12/canon-beach-skies-postcards.html

Today, we are starting a holiday weekend in USA as Monday is Memorial Day honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Thanks for sharing your blog and for your visits to mine. Have a happy weekend! John

photowannabe said...

I'm glad you were able to get back to the beach. It's a lovely inviting area.
I agree that the "old man" looks more tired, but who can blame him...what a year...
Sue

Anita said...

beautiful marie..i like the pictures alot..nothing is like be at the sea..i was by the sea today and got apretty than with stripes after the sling hih hih

wish you a happy weeknd and thanx for sharing beauty

Marie Smith said...

In response to David:

The reed grasses were at the Cavendish Farms Wetland area. It is in an estuary area which is being studied to see the effect of farming on the waters in the area. I suspect the grasses are a native species, though the one you mentioned is on the island as well. The Wetland area is protected and it looks as if the grasses have been planted there as part of an on-going conservation project.

Helen said...

A perfect day to return to the beach. I'm glad to see that the sea stacks have survived!
Your waving grasses are such a beautiful image. We have grasses quite similar to these and I can never spot the little red wrens singing and hiding there. One day!

baili said...

i can only imagine how mesmerizing this beach walk must be dear Marie :)

ducks are lovely ,i enjoyed your line about foot prints :) so resembles with life it self isn't it :)

i loved the rock standing exquisitely in water most
hope your lovely walks will continue throughout your mild sweet summers :)

Debbie said...

your beach is so different than mine, i always wonder what your red sand feels like. nonetheless, the water is beautiful!! adorable ducks, in their interesting formation!!

the "sea stack" is beautiful!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

There's nothing quite as nice as a walk by the sea Marie, the air is so fresh. Thank you for taking us along with you 💜

Susie of Arabia said...

I really like the pic of the three cottages - the sky is beautiful.

Bindu said...

You post wonderful photos! Thank you!