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Monday, 31 May 2021

Picnic at the beach

On the way to another favourite beach for a picnic, we watched a farmer doing some adjustment to the plow he pulled behind his tractor. This time of year is busy for the people who grow our food. 





We stopped at French River as well to watch the boats coming home and spotted a female Belted Kingfisher in the trees watching the shoreline. She was a beauty.





Our destination, the beach at Yankee Hill, the site of the New London Lighthouse, is an area where fishing boats enter a channel to return to French River and other ports along the coast. 





The boats are only a few meters from shore and we love to watch their progress through the channel. We visit here several times every year.


A well used path from the parking lot crosses the dunes which are undisturbed otherwise. I took this photo of driftwood without doing any damage to the Marram grass.





We had our portable table and chairs with us and set them up for a great view of the channel entrance. Before long boats were passing mere metres from us, headed home.





In addition, as we ate, a Bald Eagle flew overhead and disappeared down the beach. Meanwhile, we could see hundreds of cormorants on a sandbar and pylons in the channel. As we ate, we watched the huge flock take flight.


Shortly after, fog emanated from the sand, creating an eerie look of smoke on the water, like the lyrics of the old song.





Even the boats released fog in their wake.





Before we left, I photographed the old pylons in the channel to compare their condition to last year. In the photos I noticed a Bald Eagle sat atop a pylon, surveying his domain. Did its presence scare off the cormorants?





The wonder of island beaches keeps us returning again and again.










35 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a charming little lighthouse!

DJan said...

Your photos show me a place that looks serene and perfect for a picnic. Thank you for all the different birds, including that eagle surveying his domain. :-)

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

You have some wonderful beaches on the island - and some pretty lighthouses too. I'm hoping to get to the coast this week.

Anvilcloud said...

Those pylons at sunrise or sunset could be very nice. The lighthouse too.

Martha said...

Another fantastic outing and such beautiful photos!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The lighthouse is always a delight to see Marie. You always pick such good spots to have your picnics, what view of passing boats, perfect!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

The Lighthouse is pretty. I love the shots of the Belted Kingfisher, the Bald Eagle and the fishing boats. Beautiful views! Take care, have a happy day and a great new week!

Tabor said...

Lovely photos. Looks like life is starting over

Linda said...

I remember this area from old posts. It's quite lovely.

There is a sad eeriness when the fog starts to roll in.

Celia said...

Wonderful. I love watching the working boats coming and going. Fabulous way to picnic.

bill burke said...

Lovely photos, Marie. The lighthouse is one of my favorites.

Hena Tayeb said...

What an beautiful light house.

Elephant's Child said...

Another TOTALLY delightful outing. Thank you. Again.

Ruth Hiebert said...

You have captured the beauty so well. The fog creates a magical scene.

Joanne Noragon said...

A lovely series of pictures, Marie.

William Kendall said...

That lighthouse is a beauty.

Red said...

I would love to be able to sit with you on the beach.

judee said...

Your photos are beautiful and interesting as usual. Thanks for taking us on your journey today.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I would guess you have short growing season.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Liz Hinds said...

It all looks so peaceful and idyllic. I love where you live.

Tanza Erlambang said...

love to see fishermen boats... the waves they made are wonderful....

have a great day

Susie of Arabia said...

Another lovely outing. The weather looks perfect.

Pam said...

Never seen that type of finch....cutie. And that light house is amazing. I have never actually seen a light house in person, one day. Yep one day I will....I HOPE!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Nice photo of the kingfisher. Beautiful scenery, picnics are a good way of connecting with Nature.

photowannabe said...

So much to see...so much to enjoy...
You and your hubby are really living the Good Life.
Sue

Bindu said...

Beautiful lighthouse!

Helen said...

An idyllic setting to set up your table and chairs. How wonderful to spot an eagle.
Such a lovely visit with you to French River.

Rhodesia said...

Lovely place for a picnic. Diane

Debbie said...

a really nice set of images today, the driftwood image is gorgeous. i have never seen a belted kingfisher, what a beauty!!

i think all of your idilic picnics have helped you through this pandemic...something fun to do and look forward to!!

Debbie said...

and i enjoyed seeing the bald eagle!!

Tomoko said...

I always love to see the Lighthouse.
Yes, the sight with Lighthouse is the important area for boats to get to know of their returning point.
Have a good day.

Mage said...

Always.

Catarina said...

I would return again and again as well...

baili said...

first image is FASCINATING ! i love looking how farmer do their work ,i remember i was as curious as child as now .

must be great fun and peace to see life flourishing around you while enjoying your meal :)
i loved each shot ,it made me as i was there :)
thank you !

John's Island said...

Hi Marie, The 3rd photo, New London Lighthouse, is another award winner!!! :-)