Thursday Travels: The floating boardwalkPosted: October 25, 2012
Last week I left us standing on the floating boardwalk in Greenwich, part of the Prince Edward Island National Park system. The floating boardwalk takes you over Bowley Pond and eventually to the beach.
It’s a very scenic walk with amazing views over the wetlands, marsh, and pond. The dunes resemble mountains in the background. It’s hard to capture that in a photograph, especially on a windy, rainy day.
As bad as these photos are, at least it will give you some idea of how beautiful it is out there.
The Greenwich Dunes are parabolic dunes. Parabolic dunes move or migrate. In the case of the Greenwich Dunes, they move towards the forest area at a rate of 2-4 meters per year. The dunes become trapped by the vegetation at the base and this leaves behind ridges known as Gegenwalle. The Greenwich Dunes are the only known example of this phenomenon in North America.
As the dunes move into the forest, they kill off the trees and expose parts of the forest previously covered which opens up a ghost or skeleton forest, something I read about but didn’t get to see.
You can almost see the wind in the grasses.
… and on the right, as far as the eye could see, fading and falling, in soft low pleats, the green sand dunes with the wild flowing grasses on them, which always seemed to be running away into some moon country, uninhabited of men.
~ Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
When I wrote down that quote from Virginia Woolf in my quote journal, I never really expected to use it. Looking at some of these photos, it immediately came to mind. I love her description of the sand dunes “fading and falling, in soft low pleats…” (I was trying to remember when I read To the Lighthouse. I thought it was last year, but it turns out it was 2010. That’s one good thing about keeping a list of books I’ve read on Ye Olde Blogg.)
It’s time to go back to the boardwalk where we will once again end another edition of Thursday Travels. We’ll get a closer look at the dunes, and maybe even make it to the beach next week.
Here in the Bogs, it is warm and sunny, a good day to be outdoors. A friend stopped by to fish this morning. I don’t know if he caught anything, but he was out there for several hours, casting and walking, casting and walking. He’s a fly fisherman and I think he enjoys the meditative quality of casting and walking, casting and walking, more than he does catching fish.
I sat out on the deck for a little while today, watching the wind in the little maple tree, blowing off the leaves a few at time. Every now and then I would turn to watch the sunlight sparkling on the pond.
After a while, the little birds came round to the feeder. They were hesitant at first, but gradually decided I was harmless. Or mostly harmless, at any rate.
They don’t seem to care much for the camera. I don’t blame them. I don’t like being in front of the camera, either.
That’s about it from PEI and the Bogs for today. Thank you for visiting. I’m thinking of sitting out on the deck and watching the stars come out this evening. We might not see too many. The moon was pretty bright last night, and I expect it will be just a tad brighter tonight. Still, you’ll be able to see a few stars as well as enjoy the moonlight reflecting off the surface of the pond.
Have a delightful day, evening, or night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.