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.
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!