Spring forest stroll

Now that ‘warm’ May weather is here, the Island backroads are getting firm enough to drive again. Close to Souris, that means I can now easily get to our local forest walking trail, so that’s where I was this morning:

Spring forest near Souris – Prince Edward Island

There were lots of birds in the forest, even some insects flying around!

April on the Confederation Trail

Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail runs right by our house in Souris, so whenever the mood strikes we can go for a walk. This is what the trail looks like right now:

Confederation Trail near Souris, Prince Edward Island

All those trees will soon have buds, then leaves, and life will return to the forest. During this quiet walk, I saw mostly birds and squirrels, and one very early butterfly.

Satellite view of early spring on PEI

Yesterday was sunny and clear, so I had a look at our Island home from high above:

Satellite view of Prince Edward Island – March 31, 2021

You can see winter has mostly melted away, though some snowy areas remain here and there. Around the house, grackles have returned, and so has our resident alarm clock with wings, a song sparrow that perches next to our bedroom window every morning. 🙂

Seal pup in Souris Harbour

Over the past 10 days, a seal pup has been seen napping and scooting around on the ice in Souris. Here’s a picture from yesterday morning:

Seal pup on the ice – Souris

Just look at those big soulful eyes 🙂

Icy north shore

As sunsets at the beach go, this was a bitter cold one:

Icy beach at sunset – Prince Edward Island

The sea ice on the north shore of Prince Edward Island didn’t stick around for very long this year, so I’m glad I got to see it while it was here. 🙂

Cold day in Naufrage

March is here and it is still cold, windy, and very much winter on PEI:

Winter in Naufrage – Prince Edward Island

In this aerial shot from Naufrage you can see the harbour is blocked with sheets of ice, while out to sea there is fast ice all the way to the horizon.

MacKenzies Brook sea arch

Sea arches and other delicate rock formation are a common feature of Prince Edward Island’s red sandstone shore, but these formations never stay the same for very long:

Sea arch at MacKenzies Brook – PEI National Park, Cavendish

For example, this is the sea arch at MacKenzies Brook in PEI National Park near Cavendish.

I remember seeing this rock formation as a small hole in the cliffs when I first visited this location in the fall of 2016. Now, nearly 5 years later, the small hole has turned into a large arch, and I imagine in a few more years the rock face on the left will be a free standing rock, also called a sea stack.

Ice season is here

Ice season is here and that means it’s just beautiful outside:

Sea ice and red cliffs at sunset – Prince Edward Island

Current sea ice situation around Prince Edward Island

Every day I’m keeping an eye on the ice charts, and maybe soon we’ll have some sea ice in Souris too. We are always the last ones to get it on PEI but as you can see in the picture it’s well worth the wait. 🙂

St. Peters Bay Orange Tree

There’s an orange tree on PEI, but not the kind that bears fruit:

St. Peters Bay Orange Tree – Prince Edward Island

You can see this striking artwork just east of St. Peters Bay, and read more about it in this story at CBC. 🙂

More winter please

Walking to the sea – Rock Barra

February is here and I hope we’ll soon see more snow and far colder temperatures. As you can see in the photo above, yes there is snow on the ground, but we could easily do with some more! 🙂