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.

The colourful North Shore

Summer has arrived for real this week, with lupines springing up by the roadside, warm weather all over the island, and lots of sunshine lighting up our colourful coast:

Bayfield Point – Prince Edward Island

Looking forward to our first swim now 🙂

Sea ice near shore

Late winter is sea ice season around Prince Edward Island, I snapped this photo yesterday from North Lake, a scenic 20 minute drive from our home:

Sunset over sea ice – Prince Edward Island

This year the sea ice comes and goes with the wind, and yesterday’s northerly winds brought plenty of it to our north shore:

March 8 2020 sea ice around PEI

This satellite photo shows there’s still plenty of winter snow on the ground, but robins have arrived too so spring is already on my mind. 🙂

Sunset cliffs in Naufrage

Last night I drove over to the north shore of the island to take in the sunset:

Down on the cliffs the colours of the evening sky were reflected in the tidal pools, but there was something less pleasant out and about too: the clouds of blackflies and mosquitos that hovered above… Yikes! That’s summer for you, warm sunsets and a ton of mosquitos. 🙂

March ice around Prince Edward Island

Take a look at today’s satellite photo, Prince Edward Island is surrounded by sea ice:

As you can see by the big gaps north of Malpeque and south of Souris we’ve been dealing with strong westerly winds for the past few weeks, and many are the nights when fierce gusts of wind shake the house and wake us up from our pleasant dreams of summer.

Here’s what the sea ice looks like a little closer to the planet:

This is on the north shore, with snow covered dunes in the foreground and sea ice as far as the eye can see…

Sea ice at sunset

Spring is here, and days are getting longer and lovelier every week. We haven’t seen the end of winter weather though, this weekend there’s more snow in the forecast, and sea ice is still present around much of the island. The other day I was out on the North Shore taking pictures of the ice at sunset:

I’ll be sad to see it go, but you can already see large ice-free gaps forming near shore, a sure sign it’s on its way out.

House and barn at Priest Pond

I often stop when I drive by the house and barn at Priest Pond, in summer time there are beautiful flowers there, and in the run-up to spring you can usually see sea ice in the background beyond the pond. Last week instead of the usual pictures I took in an aerial view:

This is the same pond where I photographed a snoozing mink last year. 🙂

Sea ice on the North Shore

With the end of January in sight, the weather is still bitter cold, with sometimes an unexpected ‘mild’ day in between. I haven’t been outside much, most of the beaches are frozen solid or hard to get to, and backroads that lead out to the forest trails I enjoy are just plain inaccessible when there’s this much snow.

Yesterday I enjoyed a brief walk on Bull Creek Road to see the sea ice on the North Shore:

Something else I enjoy doing these days is finding interesting ice formations on frozen ponds and lakes:

That last shot is an aerial view of a spot in our backyard where a fox has left its tracks. We know this individual well, as it is the fox that sometimes sleeps underneath our deck.

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. 🙂

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.