I hope you are not weary of autumn pictures because PEI is just “showing off” this year.
My photographer buddy and I made a trip to the Harvey Moore Bird Sanctuary this week and Oh. My. Goodness!
Photo ops everywhere. We had a field day!
(I’m wondering now …what exactly does “field day” mean?)
I looked it up on WikiAnswers and found this:
The class is moved from the school room to another location where
something of interest can be observed and perhaps more closely
investigated for your edification. (like field trip)
“Having a field day” is also used as a slang expression meaning that someone is having unfettered fun.
“unfettered fun” – a perfect description for our day!
I had more than 5 favourites there but I’ll try to stick to the rules of the meme 🙂
1. Learning about Harvey Moore – the sanctuary is very close to the little town in which I grew up. I can remember my parents taking us there for picnics on Sunday afternoons but I hadn’t realized that Harvey Moore was known as “Canada’s Greatest Naturalist”
The teacher part of me wished that the first definition of field day applied because this place is an educational treasure. I missed having a little group of students trailing along with me.
2. Exploring around the pond – where are the ducks you might ask?
Well, here’s a Hat Tip – do not sneeze explosively just as you approach the viewing dock …
Oh there they are! Notice, I had to use the zoom. They kept a wary eye on me. I guess I don’t have Harvey Moore’s gift.
3. A walk on a carpet of rustling red, golden, orange and brown leaves. I wish that this was a scratch and sniff picture – the ferns, dry pine needles, damp leaves and evergreen trees combined to create a indescribably lovely, spicy, woodsy fragrance.
4. Stopping at the learning stations at various points throughout the trail. There were signs explaining tree species, how to tell the age of a tree, wildflower identification, lichen, marsh plants and of course, information about the wild geese, ducks and other birds who inhabit the sanctuary. Oh yes – I was a frustrated teacher!
5. and best of all ~ the still, quiet beauty ~ a sanctuary for the spirit.
I hope that you will find a moment or two of quiet beauty and sanctuary this weekend.