Colour returns to PEI

A clear day in mid-April reveals that most snow on PEI has now melted, with the only remaining snow hiding in shaded forests:

That picture was taken by NASA obviously, my own pictures from this week are below:

As you can see, most of the sea ice is gone too, and colour has returned to the coast. 🙂

Double digits and song birds

The temperature will reach double digits today, 11 degrees!

Right now it’s only 7 but in the sunshine that’s more than enough for me to go out in just a shirt, especially compared with the very cold winter we’ve had. Next week there is still some snow in the forecast, but all around me spring is ready to start…

This week we saw the common grackles return, very pretty birds that have been gone all winter:

These birds make a squeaky sound like a rusty hinge, so it’s very easy to hear when they arrive in the yard. In the little forest next door there’s a song sparrow with a considerably better song:

He doesn’t look like much but this guy can sing with the best of them!

With all these songs around the house it’s easy to imagine spring is everywhere, but on the beach the scenery is still very cold and icy:

These three shots were taken this morning at Red Point Provincial Park. 🙂

Coming up: Spring vacation in Atlantic Canada

Next month we have two visitors coming over to Prince Edward Island, my mom and my sister! Together, we’re going on a spring trip throughout Atlantic Canada, spending some quality time on the road and seeing all the sights.

For the first part of the trip, my mom and I will be touring PEI itself. After a week of exploring the coastal drives, heritage roads, lighthouses and beaches, we will drive to Nova Scotia and take the ferry to Newfoundland, my former island home. More on that part of the trip can be found on my Newfoundland blog.

After we return to PEI my sister will join us, and together the three of us will set out on a grand tour of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, spending time at renowned east coast destinations like Cavendish, the Hopewell Rocks, Peggys Cove, and the Cape Breton Highlands:

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When we get back from this long spring vacation, expect to see some great photos from all over Atlantic Canada right here! 🙂

Late March and it’s still freezing

Well hello Spring! So nice of you to finally show up, maybe you can convince Winter it’s time to leave?

I remember when we lived on Vancouver Island the trees would blossom as early as February, a strange sight to me because I was still very much used to the cold winters of Newfoundland. Now that I’m back east I’m happy to report Prince Edward Island winters are very much like the winters I loved in Newfoundland, including the fact that they don’t go just because the calendar says so.

That’s not to say I’m not looking forward to actual Spring, and with April closing in I dare say it shouldn’t be too far away anymore. Here are some pictures from last week:

I caught this mink snoozing on the riverbank in Priest Pond, he had his eyes closed the whole time until he woke up from the sounds of my approach. Here are his tracks in the snow:

Erosion is a recurring theme around the island, I see it everywhere I go. This is a house on Panmure Island that’s not long for this world:

Also on Panmure Island, I drove past this abandoned house in the woods, a nice setting for a scary movie perhaps?

These last two shots were taken in Souris, close to where Marije works:

This ‘window in the rocks’ is another example of erosion, in this case of the scenic variety.

More March sea ice

March continues with its cycle of thawing and refreezing, bringing muddy trails one day and solid frozen ones the next. Rubber boots are indispensable when you’re out and about on Prince Edward Island:

Muddy trail above and a frozen road below:

The highlight of March is still the sea ice, it comes and goes with the wind, this week we finally had ice in Souris and in other places it hadn’t been before:

Sea ice at Red Point Provincial Park:

And sea ice at Basin Head Provincial Park:

Spring is in the air

Sure it’s still snowing and storming and freezing, but for a few days a week the sun does shine and it surely feels like spring isn’t all that far away anymore. Here are some photos from this week and last week, from Kings County, Queens County, and Prince County:

The two shots above were taken at the Kildare Capes, where erosion has carved out all sorts of interesting caves and shapes in the cliffs.

This next shot shows a ‘wave of erosion’ facing the pack ice near Savage Harbour:

Sea glass I found at the beach there:

When I’m driving I see foxes all the time, sometimes I have my camera next to me so I can take their picture:

These last 3 shots were taken yesterday on a long walk to Blooming Point:

There is now so much ice covering the sea around PEI you cannot see the end of it, on satellite photos you can see it is as wide as the island itself!

Snowbanks on Basin Head beach

Last Monday I went for a walk at Basin Head beach, which was covered in strange snowbanks that were crumbling at the surf’s edge. In most places this wall of snow was no more then knee high, while in other places it rose well above my head. A curious scene I must say, but very scenic too:2017-02-27__09-49-15

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In one place I was able to crawl underneath a piece of snow to photograph the icicles dripping down:

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About halfway up the beach, I saw this small shipwreck in the surf, it was about 10 metres long and I hadn’t seen it before. By the looks of it it wasn’t much more than wood and a rusty engine:

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Next time I’m at this beach I’ll be sure to look if it’s still there!