autumn, endless gifts, Friday's Favourites

of field days and unfettered fun . . .

Friday again, and time for Suzanne’s Friday’s Fave 5 – if you’d like to join in the fun, you’ll find the details here.

Well …

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:

1.Answer

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)

2.Answer

“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 šŸ™‚

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.

Autumn Reflection (enlarge)

I hope that you will find a moment or two of quiet beauty and sanctuary this weekend.

Many blessings!

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12 thoughts on “of field days and unfettered fun . . .

  1. Thank you for posting these beautiful autumn pictures! Spring used to be my favorite season, but in the past few years it looks like autumn has replaced it. There is something about the colors of autumn and the beauty of nature that is really brought forth during this season. Lovely blog!MJ

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  2. Oh my word, Kathie. I feel like I’ve just taken a long, beautiful walk through some of the nicest places. What gorgeous photos. This makes me want to get the manual to my camera out and maybe, you know, actually READ it!Beautiful. Just beautiful. And I laughed about you sneezing those ducks away. šŸ™‚

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  3. What a wonderful day and what an amazing place! I had to pull my hand back from scratching the carpet of leaves photo. It truly looked like I could walk in to the picture. I had to laugh at the explosive sneeze–and it was probably the ONLY time you’ve sneezed all week!

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  4. Cracking up over here about the sneezing! Beautiful pictures Kathie! I am looking forward to getting out and exploring some color this weekend!Have a wonderful weekend it beautiful PEI!!

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  5. PEI is gorgeous! What lovely pictures. Makes me want to go for a walk right now! And I’ll remember not to explosively sneeze when approaching the wildlife veiwing wall that we have at our santuary! LOL.

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  6. Oh my word, Kathie. I feel like I’ve just taken a long, beautiful walk through some of the nicest places. What gorgeous photos. This makes me want to get the manual to my camera out and maybe, you know, actually READ it!Beautiful. Just beautiful. And I laughed about you sneezing those ducks away. šŸ™‚

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  7. Cracking up over here about the sneezing! Beautiful pictures Kathie! I am looking forward to getting out and exploring some color this weekend!Have a wonderful weekend it beautiful PEI!!

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