exploring . . .

Somehow, when you are born and raised in a place, you think you must know everything about it – especially “the lay of the land” as we call it here in PEI.

But I don’t.

And I’m very glad.

It’s such fun to go exploring and discover new places

Like little coves tucked behind rocky cliffs
Photo credit – Rinda Dean 

Or a back road under a leafy arch of white birch and dark spruce.

I was in the exploring mood a few days ago. It was a rainy Saturday, but I I decided to pull on my rubber boots, don my rain jacket, grab my camera and head out anyway. I was searching for trailing arbutus or mayflowers as they are more commonly known here. They grow in the moist wooded areas and their small pink flowers have such a sweet aroma.  I was successful in my search but it will be a few more days before they are in bloom.

As I was pushing through some thick bushes along the side of the road I stumbled upon this path. It was completely hidden from the road by trees and undergrowth.


I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a trail in the woods. I have to see where it will lead and that tendency has occasionally caused me a bit of trouble. I wouldn’t say that I have been lost, but you could say that I have done a bit more exploring than I had planned.

This time the path wasn’t that long. I couldn’t believe that I had never been on it before  because it’s only a mile or so from my house. It must be a fisherman’s path because it led to a quiet little woodland pond.


I walked a little further along the pond’s edge and then I heard the faint sound of running water.  Pushing through some thick undergrowth, to my delight I discovered a lovely, clear brook with a tiny waterfall!


The falls provided me with the opportunity to try the slow motion photography effect that produces that dream-like quality to running water. I set the shutter speed to 1/4 and this was the result.


The cloudy day helped as too much light ruins the effect. This one is over-exposed I think. I’m just learning.

 This is the best one. You can click on it to get the full effect. It almost looks like a painting with brush strokes.

I’ll be heading back that way soon – the mayflowers should be in bloom by now.

Why don’t you come along? We’ll pack a picnic and maybe bring our fishing poles.

Wouldn’t that be fun!   


18 thoughts on “exploring . . .

  1. I love these pics…they remind me very much of Vermont, when we used to live in New England! God made such beauty all around us…He is definitely the master artist!


  2. Hi there my boy – that’s over by Roseberry School. I think that Alan B’s stream flows into it. Debbie says that Colin and Scott go fishing there. Nice to see you on my blog xo


  3. AndrewM says:

    Huh. Bizarrely, I don’t think I’ve seen that before either. And I though I really had been everywhere around our house. It’s not an earlier part of the mill pond, is it?


  4. What a fabulous find!I love your photos too.My son has been learning these sorts of things with his camera. He found the book "Understanding Exposure" to be a good one.Jody (who’d love to go fishing with you)


  5. Oh, I’d love to come along. I can just smell that sweet, clean air (clean air is something I especially appreciate, living in LA as I do, where the air is never clean). Just beautiful green everywhere too, and the waterfall. A great place for a picnic.


  6. Marg's Home Again says:

    Sounds like so much fun!!! I’m planning a fishing trip with my little Levi in 14 more sleeps. Going camping for a few days just the three of us… My daughter showed me a bunch of new trails just a few miles from my house. Like you said, It’s so much fun exploring. Wouldn’t it be fun to explore together?


  7. What a wonderful surprise at the end of the trail– a pond and a waterfall!The rhurbarb in your last post reminded me of the rhubarb I had in my garden in Oregon. I got some starts from my uncle’s farm and we enjoyed rhubarb for years. But, sadly, I had to leave it in the garden when we moved to CA and rhubarb doesn’t do well here. I’ll enjoy yours vicariously.


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