Preparing for winter

Yesterday I stumbled upon this chipmunk preparing for winter:

Eastern chipmunk – Prince Edward Island

Cute little bugger isn’t he? 🙂

Warm fall day at the beach

On Prince Edward Island, November isn’t known for its balmy weather, but this week we got it anyway: 2 days above 20 degrees!

A sunny November day at the beach

To mark this unusual occasion I enjoyed an afternoon in the warm sand, that’s an aerial view of me on the beach in the picture above. 🙂

Waiting for fall colours

These past few weeks I’ve been exploring our little corner of the island again, sometimes venturing a little farther from home, enjoying all the fall colours as they appear along the highways and walking trails.

Fall colours – Indian Bridge, PEI

On PEI, fall colours usually show up along wetlands, rivers, and ponds first, then along highways and backroads, then a little later, inside the forest too.

While vibrant oranges and reds have already come and gone in some spots, many areas are yet to show their true fall splendour. Yesterday I explored a few trails in Bonshaw Provincial Park and aside from the leaves on the ground, the forest was still mostly green:

Forest trail – Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park, PEI

As the wait continues, I can always count on glowing reds along the coast:

Red cliffs at sunset – Prince Edward Island

I hope that wherever you are, you’re able to enjoy fall colours too. 🙂

White Shark at Basin Head

Last year, off the coast of Nova Scotia, a great white shark was caught, weighed, measured, tagged with a tracker, given a name (Vimy), and released again. Now, you can follow this shark around online, have a look for yourself, it really gets around! Yesterday it was tracked to Basin Head on Prince Edward Island, a beach I go to all the time:

Great White Shark Vimy at Basin Head, PEI

To give you an idea what this beach looks like on a busy day, here’s a picture from last year’s summer:

Basin Head PEI – August 2019

When I look at this picture and the Ocearch tracking map I can’t help but think Vimy is swimming quite close to shore, especially when taking into account that Marije and I often go swimming near here at a similar distance from the beach. We often see seals swimming nearby too, and no doubt that’s what this white shark is looking for.

Next time we’re at the beach, we’ll be looking out for more than just jellyfish, is what I’m getting at. 🙂

The waterfall at Knox’s Dam

Here’s another shot from last summer:

Knox’s Dam – near Montague

You don’t see many waterfalls on Prince Edward Island but there are plenty of old dams and mills where you can see the water drop a few metres. Knox’s Dam near Montague is easily the most scenic of such places in King’s County, especially after a few days of rain. 🙂

Sunset light

Here’s a photo from last summer:

Dirt road at sunset – Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is filled with scenic little backroads like these, they go absolutely everywhere and cover way more ground than our paved roads. I love to go for walks on them, especially when there’s a breeze to keep the mosquitoes away. 🙂

Sunrise light

Here’s another photo from a few summers ago:

Sunrise on Prince Edward Island

I just love the soft light in these sunrise aerial shots!

Comet over Prince Edward Island

Comet Neowise has been sparkling in the sky over PEI for more than a week now:

Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) above the North Shore, Prince Edward Island

This weekend we had 1 clear night, allowing me to photograph the comet with nothing but a star-filled sky around it and the calm surface of the Gulf of St. Lawrence below.

Comet Neowise should be visible for a few more days, maybe a week, so you can see it too. Go outside around midnight to some place where it’s properly dark and look to the north. With that big tail this comet may look like it’s going fast, but seen from earth it’s standing nearly as still as the stars around it. Binoculars will help you find it in the sky below the Big Bear, and while it’s not very bright, it sure is a special sight.

Comet over Souris

Last night Marije and I had a look at Comet Neowise, currently putting on a show:

Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) over Souris, Prince Edward Island

Look at that long tail, beautiful! The little spots of light in the foreground are reflected stars, but also fireflies… 🙂

Pink and purple

Pink and purple are the most common colours for lupines around here:

Pink & Purple lupines – Clinton Hills, PEI

This photo is from a few summers ago, since I haven’t been exploring the island much this summer.