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Monday, 3 May 2021

Dunes and fields

Cavendish Grove in the national park on Prince Edward Island was our starting point. We unpacked the bikes and headed to the Homestead Trail which my husband and I have cycled before. The trail passes beside New London Bay with a view of the Cavendish sandspit on one side and farmers’ fields on the other. It was a perfect spring day, with a breeze which made the ride interesting.


The trail begins through mixed forest 





where a young chipmunk went about her business, unaffected by the seniors cycling by. 





A ride down slope leads to sea level where a view of the bay opens before you. Gulls were busy on and over the water.





MacNeill Loop travels along by the water where we noted a perfect picnic spot, sheltered from the wind. Next time! 





The ride around the Loop provides views of the nearby Cavendish sandspit 





and the community across the bay.





Further along the trail, a farmer was preparing his fields for the spring planting. 





The experience of land and sea so intricately intertwined is one of the reasons I love this island. 


We completed the Homestead Trail and rode to the Cavendish Beach area along the Dunelands Trail. The dunes along the length of beach are a pretty backdrop for the pond.





Lunch back at the Grove with our friends the Canada Geese was a treat as usual. One of the females is nesting on a island across the pond, 





and her partner stands watch along the bank, but ignores us. He doesn’t see us as a threat.


It was another great day at the park.


33 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, you definitely must have a picnic at that table next time!

DJan said...

It sure does look like it. Sunny skies, nice trails to ride, and good company! :-)

Liz Hinds said...

Lovely. When we visited Canada we saw lots of chipmunks. Previously I'd only known the band!

MARY G said...

Lovely spring-like shots. We have a turkey nesting and a robin that is annoyed with me for coming too close to its chosen range. (Loud cheeping and fluttering). Glad your goose is more laid-back.
Sand-spit colours are amazing. Did you use a polarising filter on that?

Martha said...

What a great ride and such beautiful views. That picnic spot is so perfect, definitely next time. Thank you for taking us along on another fantastic adventure!

Rose said...

What a lovely ride...I love what looks like a farm across the bay...will look on computer later.

Anvilcloud said...

And it will look even better in another week or two.

Rhodesia said...

I really enjoyed that cycle ride thanks. Keep well Diane

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Cute little chipmunk 💙 You have so many wonderful walks and rides available to you Marie, and wonderful for us that get to see them ✨

photowannabe said...

What a magical and beautiful place to hike and ride.
I love the wide trails and all the scenery.
That picnic spot will be a great place to eat your lunch and watch the world go by.
Sue

Ruth Hiebert said...

Lovely scenes along the way. That lone picnic table is just waiting for you to come and have a lunch there.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you so much for taking us along. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride - and hope to see picnics from that wonderful vantage spot.

bill burke said...

What a lovely view at the picnic table. Cute little chipmunk, he's got the sun shining on his face.

Helen said...

Another lovely ride. I now what you mean - 'land and sea intricately intertwined'.

Celia said...

Such a beautiful place to live. Thanks for the pictures.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

And you had lovely weather for it!

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The Furry Gnome said...

You're so lucky to have a trail like that!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Enjoyed the scence.
Coffee is on and take care

William Kendall said...

Beautifully views!

Joanne Noragon said...

I wonder if the chipmunk was easier to photograph since it, too, did not see you as a threat?

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful views from your bike ride. I love the cute chipmunk, the goose on the nest and the gulls flying by, everything looks at peace. Lovely photos. Have a great day and a happy week ahead.

presstfortime said...

Oh man, another fantastic collection of photographs. What wonderful scenery!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am curious to know how you determined that this was a young chipmunk. Eastern Chipmunks are entering their breeding period right about now and gestation is around twenty-eight to thirty days. Life expectancy is about three years. I would suspect that it is at minimum a year old, or one third of its life.

Susan Zarzycki said...

A good outing for sure! Soon everything will be green instead of brown but, thank goodness, we can count on the ocean always being blue or a shade there of. I really should get out and explore the Island I live on more...you are an inspiration.❤️

Pam said...

What a great walk and journey with you. I really need to start walking some and take the camera.....

Debbie said...

so wonderful, i felt as if i were riding along. the picture of the chipmunk is a beauty, we have them all over our yard!!

such pretty scenes on your ride, i always wonder what you pack for lunch??

i had my first ride, we stayed in our neighborhood and i did really well, no falls!!

Tanza Erlambang said...

a young chipmunk looks so cute... and gentle.

a bench with views is a good place to picnic... must be great experience if I were there.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Beautiful ride, the picnic table is waiting for you! lol

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I just found your blog. I love the awesome photos. Thanks for sharing this lovely place with us.

judee said...

Marie,
These photos are spectacular. Such a beautiful biking adventure. Love how you captured a photo of a chipmunk. They usually are scurrying around rather quickly!

The Padre said...

Gorgeous And Dig Those White Caps On The Bay - What A Wonderful Outing There - Well Done

Cheers

Catarina said...

Passing by and not missing a single post is quite a treat for me!!
: )

baili said...

what a perfect place to picnic dear Marie :)

the water is magical and sky captivating !

i am so happy that you are enjoying these spectacular days to their fullest :)

health,peace joy to you and loved ones my friend!