It started with a perfect crescent moon this morning.
Really Snow Geese, here in Nova Scotia? I did a quick “google” search and found a listing on Environment Canada’s website, where I learned the French name, Oie des Neiges, and the scientific name, Chen Caerulescens of the Snow Goose.
I read that they are rare to uncommon transient. What a wonderful surprise to see a dozen of them resting on their long black legs, with their heads snugly tucked under their wings. Have they been blown off course?
The frosty morning disappeared into a mild day, perhaps they flew in on the Sou’wester!
The last few years have been so mild that we have worn sneakers or hiking shoes, of course toques, scarves and mitts are de rigeur in winter, no matter the weather. Hiking off Christmas dinner at Kejimkujik Seaside, has become a Christmas Day Tradition, and this year we were joined by friends old and new.
With good company and an easy, rolling, stroll we arrived beach side in a little better than an hour. A fellow hiker shared her father’s outdoor tea drink (black tea and sugar), along with spicy homemade cookies and chocolate. It was the perfect hiking menu, I felt the warmth of season, spice and friendship.
The shutterbugs among us took advantage of the people shots
and the sunsets.
As hikes go this old, familiar, and favoured path with friends, old and new is a tradition that always inspires me to resolve to get out and hike more of Nova Scotia in the New Year.