The Dunk River has one of the most beautiful trails on Prince Edward Island. This trail which we visited last spring was on our list for an autumn visit. It was overcast when we arrived at the river but that didn’t matter as we headed out.
The Dunk is a popular fishing river and someone had an earlier start than we did that morning.
While my husband and I aren’t fishing enthusiasts, it is easy to understand some of the reasons people enjoy fishing in such a location. I love how the trail is full of the river sound and while one can usually see the river, in the minutes when it is not visible, its essence still is.
We were slow to walk the trail, stopping often to take photos. The leaves were in various stages of colour and glimpses of their beauty gave us pause.
The senses come alive in such a setting, a heightened awareness of all as one’s brain attempts to take in everything. At every turn, the scenes were more lovely. From a multi-coloured veil of leaves at eye level
to drama overhead, there was much to absorb. Then the sun came out.
Shafts of light filtered through the trees and highlighted some of the beauty.
Some light even managed to reach the river. The trees screened the sun in some areas and the water reflected the colours above.
Each new scene was more perfect than the last.
We saw mushrooms feeding on fallen trees
and a maple tree with a branch of red leaves and the remainder still green.
For lunch we went back the way we came and drove to Scales Pond on the opposite side of the road. There, a familiar picnic table sat among the trees where a veil of leaves screened the pond below.
We had homemade chilli for lunch which we quite enjoyed.
While we ate, a visitor stopped by, looking like it was securing material for its drey in a nearby tree.
Chickadees sang among the trees as they flitted about oblivious to the visitors at the table.
After lunch, we walked the path along the pond. On the water, a tree dragon stood above the surface of the water,
while a Great Blue Heron, invisible along the bank, took flight as we approached.
Across the pond, the hay, cut and baled, waited for delivery to the farm. This scene alone is one of my favourites in a day of many.
Finally today, meet Daisy, our new golden grand-dog, just 10 weeks old. Our daughter’s family is enjoying life with Daisy and we are lucky enough to share the joy of a puppy. Daisy is adorable and you’ll be seeing more of her for sure.