It feels wild and untamed, this beach on the northeast coast of Prince Edward Island. Savage Harbour lives up to its name on this day after a storm. The wind is high enough today to keep the sea agitated, roaring into our senses as we walk the beach, only the gulls and a few small shorebirds to keep us company.
The waves break a bit off-shore on the sand bars that constantly shift position around this Prince Edward Island, making navigation of fishing boats a constant challenge around the ever-changing shoreline.
The sky is a character in this performance as well. Sometimes she teases us with blue, as if she will don her best costume any minute.
Other times, she presents a hint of blue through thick white pillows.
This character affects how the sea looks as well, and its blue is particularly appealing.
Just beyond the nearby inlet to the wharf, the sea looks particularly rough today sending mist onto the beach.
The gulls are in their element. Gliding on the breeze or foraging on the beach, they ignore the roving audience which stops to admire them on occasion.
The young Herring Gull showed its marking as it floated on the breeze.
Another had its mouth full as it prepared to drop a shell, breaking it on the beach below. Such clever birds!
Meanwhile, the small shorebirds go about their foraging along the water’s edge, oblivious to the gulls.
Sanderlings and Semi-palmated Plovers don’t mind the audience either, though they run along the shoreline as we advance up the beach.
They do a lot of running though they can fly.
Along the beach, Bladderwrack, also known as Fucus has latched on to a rock via its holdfast.
Further along, a piece of driftwood has been home to shipworms and Gribbles, leaving their impressions in the wood.
There is much to take in as we watch and listen.
This theatre is one which will draw us back every year for a repeat performance.