Hot summer on PEI

It’s been a very hot summer here on Prince Edward Island, with nearly constant heat warnings for much of July, and very similar weather now that we’re halfway into August. Still, I can’t stay inside for all of these warnings: it may be too hot to go for a hike but nothing’s keeping me from taking a few aerial pictures, which is a rather low-impact way of exploring the island.

Here are some pictures from up above:

And here are some pictures from down below:

This little harbour seal approached me yesterday while I was taking pictures by the shore. At one point it was almost close enough to touch, with the young animal showing nothing but curiosity towards me. 🙂

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Escaping a hot and sticky summer

When summers are as hot as this, with mosquitos everywhere and frequent heat warnings that tell you to avoid exercise outside, you’ll forgive me when I say I prefer hiking in the spring, fall, and even winter. These past weeks the temperature has frequently soared close to 40° Celsius on the humidex scale, that’s to say the actual temperature is closer to 30° but the humidity makes it practically unbearable, unless you have air conditioning in your home.

Our home does not have air conditioning, but our car does, so on weekends we sometimes escape the heat by going for long drives. This past weekend Marije and I visited the North Cape near Norway, a small town on the west side of Prince Edward Island:

The Black Marsh Nature Trail to the North Cape is apparently the only area on the island where bakeapples grow:

There were pitcher plants in this marsh too, so the whole thing reminded me a little bit of Newfoundland. 🙂

Sunset over Colville Bay

Last night we had a lovely summer sunset over Colville Bay in Souris.

Summer is here

This year June has been cooler and wetter than last year, so summer is a little behind schedule. With the long weekend ahead of us things are starting to look up though, the forecast calls for sunshine and 20+ degrees, and we could certainly use a bit of that right now!

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks:

Happy Canada Day long weekend everyone!

2018 Capelin have arrived on Prince Edward Island

When I lived in Newfoundland I always kept a close eye on the arrival of capelin around the island. I even created the Capelin Calendar to keep capelin enthusiasts informed about spawning dates and locations around the island.

On Prince Edward Island, capelin are largely unknown. There is no spectacle associated with their arrival, like the whales and puffins feasting on them near many Newfoundland beaches, so when the capelin arrive here nobody notices anything, and nobody gets excited.

For the past 2 weeks I have been noticing something though. First, I saw gannets and gulls diving into the shallows off my favourite local beach. Days later I found dead capelin on the shore, not from a spawning event, they looked more like they’d been dropped by the birds while they were chasing each other around. Then last Friday while taking a walk on the beach, I spotted a small group of capelin cruising the shoreline:

Capelin on Prince Edward Island

I followed them around for a bit, they didn’t mind, I waded into the water to get this shot. Eventually they returned to deeper waters where I ran into a much larger school of sand lance, they were easily spooked.

If anyone from Newfoundland sees a capelin picture like this I’ll understand if they don’t get excited, it’s such a small gathering of fish, but for me it was my first sighting of live capelin since I left, so it was pretty exciting to me! 🙂

Woodland hikes in the spring of 2018

Now that spring has sprung and a period of dry sunny weather has opened up the backroads, I can finally access the woodland trails near our home again. Up in the canopy, leaves have started to appear and summer birds have arrived everywhere I look.

Here are some photos from my hikes these past few weeks:

And no, that last shot was not taken in the woods, it’s one of Buffaloland’s buffalos. Usually these guys are hiding somewhere in the forest but when I drove past their field last week they were close to the viewing platform.

Young foxes under the deck

This year the red fox underneath our deck gave birth to 3 baby foxes. When Marije and I were very quiet and motionless at our window we could see them playing outside on several sunny days, but after about a week with us they’ve moved on to a different den site nearby. The exact same thing happened last year, they moved back and forth a couple of times.

There is a chance these little ones will return to us in a week or so, until then I’ll just show you a picture of last year’s litter of 4:

Baby foxes in Souris, Prince Edward Island

Pretty darn cute right?