Evening Stroll at Parc de la Plage-Jacques-Cartier: August 2020

Being much farther east, the sun sets an hour earlier in Quebec City than in Toronto. At 7 p.m. or so, I arrived at this beautiful place right on the St. Lawrence River just west of the city.

In the French language there is a word for a very large river: un fleuve. This is Le Fleuve St. Laurent.

There were no shore birds in sight but I did photograph these:

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
American Crow
Great Blue Heron

As it was low tide, I was able to walk quite far out on the rocks:

Guano
Sea Shell

This sign is found well out from shore:

Announcement: Twice each day, this spot is isolated from shore because of the tide. It can even be completely under water. In addition, the rocks are slippery. Please be careful.

Imagine how difficult it must be for plants to survive under these conditions and yet several on rocks well out from shore do. Here are some of them:

Bulb-bearing Water Hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)
Bulb-bearing Water Hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)
Bulb-bearing Water Hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)
Water Smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)
Marsh Yellow Cress (Rorippa islandica)
Sea Rocket (Cakile edentula)
Sea Rocket (Cakile edentula)
Narrow-leaved Willow Herb (Epilobium leptophyllum)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Silverweed (Potentilla anserina)
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

NATURE POETRY

High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand!                      – Henry Sylvester Cornwell (1831–86) 

Miles Hearn

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