Confederation Trail – Hazelbrook PEI

Recently razed.

Recently razed.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) joined the confederation of Canada in 1873 in large part because its government was nearly bankrupt from the costs of building the PEI Railway, begun in 1871.

The railway network closed at the end of December 1989 and now, 25 years later, most of that network has been converted to a trail. The main trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and parts of the trail are included in the International Appalachian Trail .

A second piece history is being celebrated in 2014: the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.  It led, in 1867, to the Confederation of Canada, but, ironically, PEI did not join.  Extensive work on the trail network, called the Confederation Trail (what else?) has taken place as part of the anniversary, and several new sections have opened near where I live.

This section is near the community of Hazelbrook.  The brook is poorly defined where it runs next to the trail, and ditches don’t seem to be draining into it or anything else.  It also seems that the construction crews were in a hurry.  Sediment dams look useless:

 

Water, water everywhere.

 
Offending branches were lobbed off indiscriminately:

Slash and clear was the order of the day.

Slash and clear was the order of the day.

and leftover culverts (of which many were needed) lay in fields near the last remaining autumn colour.

A reminder that this part of the trail has only just opened and there are leftovers from the construction.

A reminder that this part of the trail has only just opened and there are leftovers from the construction.

There wasn’t much other colour remaining in November except a few berries and some hardy greens. Many of the scenes that caught my eye were in or near water.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Trailside ditches.

Trailside ditches.

Maybe 50 feet off the trail was what seemed to be the main watercourse, the Hazel Brook (which flows into Mill Creek and thus into Pownal Bay.)   We had a torrent of rain the previous day which accounts for the colour of the water and the height of the pond.

Still life with muddy water.

Still life with muddy water.

Just off the trail, a muddy series of ponds.

Just off the trail, a muddy series of ponds.

 

More of what I saw on the Hazelbrook section of the Confederation Trail will be in the next post.

 

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Dreamy Autumn

Vernon Bridge signs of autumn.ECMA Murphy Centre April 14, 2011

I’ve been playing around with camera motion on landscapes.  How I wish I could make my attempts with watercolour look like the first one, over a pond on the Confederation Trail near the Avondale Road. The second is from the bridge in Vernon Bridge looking southwest.  Both photos taken in the last 10 days.

In response to the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: see other Dreamy photographs here.

Hong Kong by Night

After the harbour light show we walked back to the Metro (called, in English, MTR.)

What are you preparing for?

What are you preparing for?

Large lighted sculpture of cartoon characters. You can see how big they are by the size of the people walking around the edges  of the platform.

Large lighted sculpture of cartoon characters. You can see how big they are by the size of the people walking around the edges of the platform.

We had to walk up a major shopping street to get to the Metro…

A luxury shopping neighbourhood.

A luxury shopping neighbourhood.

In tropical and sub-tropical countries, orchids abound. But to a northerner, seeing them in flower boxes or growing wild, it seems very exotic.

Urban flower pots in a hot climate.

Urban flower pots in a hot climate.

This photo was taken before the light show as we walked back down from Victoria Peak (previous post) to get the Star Ferry (previous post) back to Kowloon.

In many cities I find the surname of my kids, and think they may appreciate a photo.

In many cities I find the surname of my kids, and think they may appreciate a photo.

ZigZag Photo Challenge: Western Horse Show

Western Horse Show at the Agriplex in Crapaud, PEI

Western Horse Show at the Agriplex in Crapaud, PEI

Almost four years ago our Photo Club had an outing to the final Western Horse Show of the year on Prince Edward Island. Most of the show was pretty sedate, with great chances for portraits of horses and their riders. At the end of the second day, there was agility racing with riders zigging and zagging their horses around poles or barrels.

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Canton, now Guangzhou

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Day 19.  We flew from Guilin to Guangzhou (Canton! Who knew!) in the morning and were taken to visit the sculpture which seems to be the City’s symbol.  If you Google ‘five goats Guangzhou’ you will get many interpretations of the story behind the statue which was originally carved in 1959. The statue is not on the list of the top ten things to see in Guanzhou, but it is symbolic of the triumph of rice and good harvests over starvation.

Another view of the hill top park and some of my traveling companions:

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In Beijing we had seen people doing exercise, often a form of line dancing or synchronized movements to music.  Here it is again on a hot day in south China.

Even the pre-schooler is getting in on the act.

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And finally, a stolen shot as we headed down the hill from the goats.

Another beautiful baby with a proud grandmother.

Another beautiful baby with a proud grandmother.

Next three Chinese posts will be from the Chen Family Ancestral Temple in Guangzhou.