Thursday Travels: Let’s go to the falls

Hiking to Laverty Falls. Fundy National Park. New Brunswick, Canada.

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already.  This week has flown by so quickly that I hardly noticed it.

A stream in the forest

Since it is Thursday, that means it’s time to go back to Fundy National Park, and the trail to Laverty Falls.  I promise to get us as far as the falls today, but we still have to hike a little ways to get there.

Ferns

We did not see anyone else on the trail until after we visited the falls and started making our way back.

Still following the stream

It looks like we’ll get some rain from Isaac sometime this weekend.  Sunday seems to be our best bet.

Getting closer

I went out and took a close look at the pond and the creek yesterday and today.  The water levels are so low that plants normally associated with dry land are growing where there should be water.

You can hear the waterfall from here. It’s just around that boulder up ahead.

Isaac’s rains will be most welcome.  I just hope he’s not a blowhard too.  We could do without a major power outage.

We’re just about at the waterfall now, and there’s something I should mention.  The photos do not do it justice.  You really have to be there. I’ve found that to be true of most places in nature, particularly those of great beauty.  It’s just too flat in pictures.

At the top of Laverty Falls

Usually a hike to a waterfall can be pretty strenuous and involve steep descents (and ascents).  The hike to Laverty Falls was, I thought, easy.  We originally planned to combine this with the Moosehorn Trail, but decided to just hang out by the falls for a while instead.

Laverty Falls is more impressive from below.  We’ll get there eventually, but not in this post.

A cheery relaxation is man’s natural state, just as nature itself is relaxed.  A waterfall is concerned only with being itself, not with doing something it considers waterfall-like.

~ Vernon Howard

We’re having a warm, sunny day here in the Bogs today.  I love the meadows this time of year, when the purple of the asters mixes with the yellow of the goldenrod.  I have a series of meadow images I hope to bring you soon.

Honeybee collecting pollen

I was a little saddened today by some of the praying mantises.  One in particular has been feasting on monarch butterflies.  I found a scattering of wings on the ground, then looked up to see the praying mantis was feeding on another monarch.  I might have helped the monarch escape if it had been alive.  I also came across another praying mantis feasting on a honeybee.  I had to remind myself that to the praying mantis, food is food.  It’s survival, not personal.  They eat harmful insects as well as the beautiful and the beneficial.

You might want to scroll quickly past the next image, and go down to today’s view of the pond.  I had a debate with myself over whether or not to post it, but it’s part of nature which is not as cheery or relaxed as Vernon Howard makes it out to be.  Just so you don’t have to go there, I’ll say goodbye for now.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  We’ll spend a little more time at the falls next week.

Today’s view of the pond.

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23 Comments on “Thursday Travels: Let’s go to the falls”

  1. I love love love rocks. With water falling over them it is extra wonderful. Thank you.

  2. Joanne says:

    What a beautiful hiking trail Robin! I loved the earthy colours along the way and then finally reaching the waters was so refreshing! 🙂

    It is always a sad moment when you see what we regard as nature being harmed, but we have to remind ourselves that it is reality, and we shouldn’t take it so personally. My trouble is, I have to remind myself of this fact constantly. I am far more comfortable with seeing the bee collect pollen from a flower!

  3. could hear the water – lovely. Always thought ferns in the forest were a little magical – so bright green and lacy.
    The thing about nature – life flows and then folds into another. Each serves a purpose in the time given. Nature doesn’t waste.
    Hope this makes some sort of sense.
    Thanks for the nice walk

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, PhilosopherMouse. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I agree about ferns in the forest. They do add a touch of magic. And you’re right about nature and the cycle of life. The praying mantis has to eat, too.

      Thank you. 🙂

  4. Libby says:

    Beautiful photos. What a wonderful walk., though I am glad we do not have praying mantis here in the UK, but then nature is cruel when survival is at stake!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Libby. 🙂

      The praying mantis can be very beneficial in that it eats a lot of harmful insects. Unfortunately, it does not discriminate between the harmful and the beneficial so every now and then, the beautiful and beneficial become a meal.

  5. Tammy says:

    The photo from the top almost made me dizzy!

  6. jane tims says:

    Hi. I love the photos following the little stream. We are lucky in New Brunswick to have a Website listing all the waterfalls and how to get to them. Waterfalls each have their own personality! Jane

  7. Oh.. such lovely waterfalls, I could almost here them this morning. I love your photo of the honey bee.. and not that nasty mantis!! xx

  8. Such lush beauty you have captured and shared with us! I love the woodland shots as much as the water pics and the variety of perspectives from detail to big picture. As always, beautifully done, Robin!

  9. Maybe they should call them the PREYing mantis? I had one fly into my car last year at the end of summer when he/she had turned all brown and it scared me half to death! It had landed on my passenger seat and kept staring at me and every so often skulked towards me. I am sure that anyone near my open car windows stared at the crazy woman screaming at nothing as she drove by!

    • Robin says:

      I always have to look up the spelling for the praying mantis, Cyndi, because I always thought they should be called PREYing mantis, too. I’ve watched them in the meadows, slowly stalking. They look more like predators than pray-ers to me. I think I’d be screaming if one was skulking towards me in the car, too!

  10. Kathy says:

    It’s always fun going to falls. And you didn’t lose power with Isaac, did you? Just threatening skies and Drama?

    • Robin says:

      No power outages, Kathy, thank goodness. Barely any wind compared to Ike who roared through here in 2008. Now that I think about it, Ike brought barely any rain. He was a blowhard who turned off the power for a week (after I’d packed my freezers full with the harvested veggies!!).

      • Kathy says:

        Bad Ike. 😦 I can’t imagine losing power for a week. Well, I can imagine it, but it’s not a pleasant imagination. Thank goodness you kept your power this time.


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