On the beach and through the forest

Demoiselle Beach

I mentioned in my Hopewell Rocks post that M and I explored the area while we were waiting for low tide.  Behind the Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Centre is a trail that leads to Demoiselle Beach.  It’s a lovely, sandy, and very quiet area (at least while we there — the family you see in the above photo left shortly after we arrived, the children having obviously enjoyed the mud).  The beach is framed by rock formations on one end and a salt marsh on the other.

The beach, having acquired its name in the 1700s,  is said to be named after the feminine shapes in the rock formations.

The long view of the rock formations at one end of the beach.

The other end of the beach.

If you were standing in the photo above and turned a little to the right, you’d get a better view of the salt marshes:

There is a network of trails throughout the park, leading you to various views of the Bay of Fundy.  Some of the trails go through wooded areas.

There were a lot of flowers in bloom, one being the bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) which carpets the forest floors.  They reminded me of mini-dogwoods.  Having finally looked them up, now I know why.  The bunchberry is in the dogwood family.

Bunchberry

Starflower. A big thank you to Rebecca for providing me with the name of the flower so it wouldn’t have to be another Unidentified (by me) Flower.

Fruit tree blossoms. (I think they’re apple blossoms, but I’m not entirely sure.)

From one of the viewing decks on your way to see the Hopewell Rocks, you can see Shepody Mountain, part of the Caledonia Mountain Range, and the highest point in that area.

That’s enough for today.  Here in the Bogs we are experiencing amazingly beautiful weather.  Large, fluffy clouds have been speeding across the sky, carried by the lovely breeze that has been cooling and drying things off.  Hot weather will return soon so I’ve been taking advantage of this wonderful day by spending most of it outside.

Lichens grow everywhere in the forest, even on the fences and fence posts.

Thank you for dropping by.  This is a good day to take a walk back in the woods as the wind and cooler temperature seem to be discouraging the insects.  I guess even the deerflies and mosquitoes need the occasional vacation day.

Looking through the branches of a spruce tree in New Brunswick.

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29 Comments on “On the beach and through the forest”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Your unidentified white flower is a starflower 🙂

  2. Denise says:

    This place looks like a great area to spend a vacation. Love all your photos, the wildflowers were so pretty and that close up of the lichen growing with the splash of read was fantastic!

  3. Gosh, Robin, it looks like you had an amazing trip. I love the beach. It’s a bit cooler here today, as well. You’re right–the more miserable heat will be back soon enough.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  4. Thank you for identifying Bunchberry. I’ve seen them here and didn’t know what they were. Isn’t the Bay of Fundy just a marvelous place to be near?

    • Robin says:

      It’s an amazing place, Joss. I’ve never seen anything like it. Even some of the flowers (the Bunchberry, for instance) were different. I’m so grateful I had the chance to go and explore. 🙂

  5. I loved every one of these photos today, Robin. I haven’t been to any of these locations you so easily travel to. I can’t wait to follow in your footsteps one day. Those are the most interesting rock formations.. very aptly named;)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Smidge. 🙂

      I’m not sure the travel was easy, but it was no great hardship either. That said, I can’t stand to be in the car right now, and we’re gearing up for another road trip. We put 2400 miles on the rental car driving around in Canada and Maine. In two weeks time. But the scenery was wonderful so I really shouldn’t complain.

  6. Coming East says:

    Looks like your trip keeps providing you with wonderful blog fodder, time after time. Loved the photos, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Susan. 🙂

      I’m afraid I might start boring people. Would you believe the stuff I’ve posted is only from our first full day of the trip? At this rate, it will take me about ten times as long to post about it as it did to experience it. Yikes.

  7. Marianne says:

    Looks like a beautiful spot, Robin. I love those rock formations. They’re quite unique. The forest looks very inviting for a walk. Beautiful flowers also. Thanks for sharing.

  8. ladyfi says:

    What a gorgeous beach! And you had it all to yourselves…

  9. I’ve been hoping to get to the Native Plant Society’s spring sale for a few years now, and bunchberry is one of the things on my list…I love the shot you captured of it!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marie. I took a lot of photos of the bunchberry. I love the way it carpeted the forest floor. It likes moist forests, and would probably do very well in my woods here in the Bogs, but I don’t think it is native to this area. I should look into that.

  10. Boy, I’m really getting excited for our road trip to Bay of Fundy this fall. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Karma says:

    What a beautiful place – I can imagine what must have been wonderful salt breezes accompanying you on your visit.
    I think your blog is continuing to be an accurate weather forecast for me. We had strong thunderstorms for most of the day yesterday, but a lovely, breezy, sunny day seems to be on tap for us today.

    • Robin says:

      It was amazing, Karma. I wish I could go back, over and over again. 🙂

      You have another lovely day coming your way before the heat returns. It’s gorgeous here today.

  12. Pat Bean says:

    Lovely photos. but I’m missing my daily dose of the pond.

  13. Sartenada says:

    How wonderful post. When reading Your post and admiring Your photos, I felt like being myself there. Especially I enjoyed photos presenting the forest and wild flowers.

  14. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. Great to see our province through your eyes. I love the little soldier lichen on the post. I have never been to Demoiselle Beach but now will go for sure. Jane

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