The Beaver Pond with a beaver lodge.
Today we are just days from the first day of summer. Our weather has been not nice so far and on Tuesday it was cloudy and cool after a couple days of heavy rain. My friend, Lois, came up for lunch then we went for a nice long walk on the trails in Mactaquac Provincial park. I must say we were quite cold at first with the wind whipping across the ponds.
We saw lots of these water lilies about ready to bloom.
There are two ponds here divided by a road/causeway.
We also saw lots of these bunch or pigeon berry blooms along the trails.
We walked on the wooded trail to the Little Mactaquac Stream.
The sun peeked through the clouds and lit up the forest.
Back at the ponds again.
These two logs looked so interesting. I think the beavers have been gnawing at the bark and made the patterns on them. We walked back out the trail and around the other beaver pond where a bridge takes us safely across. We saw some interesting plants growing on the old logs and lots of tadpoles. Heard a frog hiding in the grasses.
This old log lay in the water next to the bridge and all kinds of plants were growing on it. It was really pretty to see.
Close up of one end.
Blue Flag Iris
Someone tossed this bunch berry into the pond. It looked so pretty floating there on the water.
A friend told me the beavers, who have lodges in these ponds, eat the water lily blooms before they get a chance to open.
Some blue sky was peeking through but it was mostly clouds.
Waiting to open. Will a beaver get it first?
The work crew made a cool looking seat from this tree that blew down during the tropical storm Arthur in 2014.
This mama Mallard duck had her babies all lined up for a long walk the other evening. They were so cute to see going across the field and neighbour's yard. Not sure where they went to.
We are in for a few days of sunny hot weather to welcome summer in. It is a perfect day today - sunshine and 22C - and the weekend will be in the upper 20's and humid. Yay for summer weather!! I know some of you can't stand the heat but I sure can (for the most part) and we even live without AC in the house. We are looking forward to summer here in the Maritimes.
Happy Summer to everyone on this side of the equator!
Have a super weekend.