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Friday, 12 November 2021

Bubbling Springs

It doesn’t look like anything special when you first come upon it, a wetland area on a trail in the National Park at Brackley on Prince Edward Island. Yet a storyboard nearby refers to water bubbling up from sandstone bedrock.





My husband and I stood looking over the water for several minutes and spotted fish, not bubbles. I read the sign again and scanned the bottom. On second look, we saw them, bubble-like eruptions, spread over a number of locations! 


There is groundwater among the sandstone bedrock on the island. If pressure is sufficient, the water will bubble to the surface through fractures in the sandstone. The result is a natural spring. This spring must have been a wonderful find for the people who originally farmed this land. It looks like the spring was walled at one time.





My husband took a short video of the bubbling. You can see it here. Did you see the fish too?


We sat for a time and enjoyed the rare 13 degree Celsius day.





The remnants of a tree standing on the edge of the spring became the focus, with its stubs of cut branches. 





How old was it and how much longer could it last here on the edge?


Later we had a picnic lunch near the entrance to the Bubbling Springs Trail. This time, we’d brought our stove to cook lean bacon and heat homemade baked beans. 





It was a delicious lunch on a lovely fall day. We will take the stove again and have hot food on colder days to extend our picnic season this year. 


As for the Bubbling Springs, we will be back!


38 comments:

Bindu said...

What a beautiful place! I am sure that you will visit the bubbling spring again!
The stove is a good idea to have warm food on lovely fall day outings

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The water is so nice and clear and that bubbling video is fantastic! Love that old stump too.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

What a nice place to visit. I like seeing the bubbling water in the video.
It is interesting seeing the stoned wall under water. The bench has a pretty view. Your hot lunch idea sounds great. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

photowannabe said...

Totally fascinating. The bubbles are quite amazing..fresh water coming to the surface.
I love all your picnics and how you will now have hot food to enjoy the time in the outdoors..what a perfect setting.
Enjoy every minute.
Sue

Elephant's Child said...

Love the video.
What a beautiful place. Of course you will go back again.
Your picnics always sound so good too.

NGS said...

What an absolutely delightful place. It's always those hidden gems I'm on the lookout for!

bill said...

Now that's an impressive picnic setup you had there. Love the bubbling spring and fish. Almost forgot about the old stump, I love it. Have a great weekend.

Mage said...

Is the water warm? And too, I was wondering how you packed all that stuff in. Must have been quite a load.

Marie Smith said...

Mage,

We didn’t touch the water. Spring water here is usually cold. It’s not good to assume anything I know. Next visit, I’ll touch it and remember you asked about it.

Our car was near the picnic table since we had lunch by the entrance of the trail not by the spring.

Marie

At Home In New Zealand said...

What a great way to extend your picnic season. I love watching springs bubble up like that (loved your hubby's video).

margi said...

What a beautiful place!

Sandi said...

Looks like a quiet, cold day.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Yes, could see the bubbles!

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Helen said...

Beautiful! That sunshine is glorious. Stu said it was wet and miserable yesterday!
My list for places to visit is growing.

Boud said...

I don't think I ever saw a spring in action before. Very cool video.
I love the idea of hot meal picnics to extend the season.

The Furry Gnome said...

What a fascinating place!

Ruth Hiebert said...

That spring is a unique place and so fascinating .

Catarina said...

You were prepared!
I am sure that picnic with hubby was wonderful!

Anvilcloud said...

Now that's the way to do a picnic lunch!

Red said...

Hey, I had a Coleman stove like that. It was well used as I had it just a little over 40 years.

peppylady (Dora) said...

That a nice color of red...chair that is
Coffee is on and stay safe

MFH said...

I couldn't see the fish! Where is it?!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Great to see those bubbling springs. One of my local bird reserves is based around an area where water bubbles up from the chalk and forms the tiny rivers you may have seen on my blog.

Marie Smith said...

MGH,

The fish is at the end of the video.

Marie

DJan said...

Wonderful place and a magical spring to boot. :-)

Barwitzki said...

An idyllic place this spring. Thank you for the nice pictures.
Your picnic with the pan and the small stove is fun ... yes, that can sweeten a trip a lot ... Greetings.
Saturday night hug Viola

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Great stuff, Marie. I saw both the bubbles and the fish. Another place to visit when we are next on the Island.

Barbara said...

Absolutely. That stove can keep you picnicking way into the early Winter with warm lunches to sustain you.

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a lovely place! Beautiful pictures!
Hug from Titti

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Yes, to seeing a fish, center bottom at the ending of the neat video. Your picnic sounds delicious.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Boy, you people really know how to picnic, bringing a cook stove with you. That is genius! What a lovely spot. That water is so clear, and I have a fondness for aquatic life.

Pam said...

WOW what a great outing. I did not see the fish but the bubbles were there for sure. Cool

Anita said...

I think it is a very beautiful place!Looks like photoes from Alaska!Funny those bubbles was it fish that made it?
Wish you a happy sunday!

John's Island said...

That video reminds me of a spot in Yellowstone called the mud pots. It would be interesting to know if there is any heat in there.

baili said...

these little springs are intriguing dear Marie ,so true about the pressure .i just read in a book about astrophysics in which it was mentioned that all the spherical shape from bubble to planets and largest bodies floating in space were possible because of " sufficient" pressure :)

how nice to have stove along on picnic specially when it is cold and having warm coffee or food is luxury indeed :)
more blessings to you and family!

Rose said...

O, I am so glad you included the close up of the old tree...I so love it.

I could not spot the fish though I watched twice. I will go back again later. Your lunch sounds wonderful.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

How beautiful, peaceful and the bubbling is fascinating. Thanks for sharing

Debbie said...

i watched the video...i saw the bubbles but not the fish ;(

this is a cool place and i adore the red bench. bringing your cooker along to have a hot lunch is a wonderful idea. this looks so fun...you know i am a picnic lover!!