I’m 40 years old today and seriously, I can’t tell you what a thrill it is. If the weather cooperates I’ll be marking the occasion with a long festive hike on the beach or perhaps in the forest.

Happy birthday to me!


Winter’s first snow

This past month we’ve been on a ‘seasonal swing’, some days it’s chilly at -10℃, other days it’s mild at +10℃. Even though we try to cling on to those lovely mild days, winter is coming:

I took this photo yesterday, it was the first snowfall of the season!

Fall scenery on Prince Edward Island

The weather has been unseasonably mild this past month, making fall colours last much longer than expected. I’ve spent many of these colourful days on the beach, but also in and around the forest, where it’s now finally safe to explore again (mosquitos are gone!).

Here are some photos of the fall of 2017 on PEI:

Now it’s November there is a definite chill in the air, and colours are slowly being drained from the land. We haven’t had any snow here yet, but much of the mainland is covered in it already so I’m sure we won’t have to wait much longer. Brrrr…

Back on Red Soil

Marije and I have been away for a while: we spent 3 weeks in Holland visiting our family and friends. This was the longest trip to Holland in the 9 years since we left there and we both thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

This week we’re back on PEI again. While we were initially fatigued by the jet-lag, we’ve since replenished our energy by spending lots of time outdoors enjoying our island’s peaceful beaches and vibrant fall colours:

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everybody!

The summer of ’17

Labour Day is here and with it comes the unofficial end of summer on Prince Edward Island. And what a beautiful summer it has been! I explored much of the island, enjoyed new beaches and scenic drives, but why tell you when I can just go ahead and show you…

Here’s a photo series of PEI’s summer of 2017:

A beautiful summer for a beautiful island, I’m sure you’ll agree!

43% Solar Eclipse from Prince Edward Island

This afternoon I observed the Partial Solar Eclipse from the comfort of my backyard. I took a series of photos to show the entire transit as visible from Souris, Prince Edward Island:

The big partial disk centred above is the 43% eclipse, the maximum obscuration phase at my location. The spots on the sun are sunspots, each big enough to swallow the Earth whole. Pretty cool eh?

Summer scenery on PEI

It’s still very much summer here on PEI, it’s nice and warm and pretty, so Marije and I are making the most of it while we can. Here are some photos from the past few weeks:

Too bad all those blueberries are not wild, they are commercial crops not meant to be picked by anyone but their owners.