Wintery White (Nov – Dec 2016)

Snowshoeing in the neighbouring field

Lovely blue clouds! You get that a lot here. I wonder if it’s reflecting off the ocean?

Frozen fields across the road

Pretty berries

The rainbow lights light up the front porch so well that we don’t even need the porch light!

The first storm was end of November – heavy heavy slush and high winds took out 100 electrical poles on the island and we were without power for 4 days! Longest yet. Thankfully it was around zero, so we could stave off the cold with blankets, toques and a small electric heater. We learned quickly from the crazy winter of 2015 that it is essential to have a generator here. We were able to keep our fridge and freezers alive, so no loss of food, plus some light in the evenings.  We hope that they’ve replaced all the weakest poles now and should be good for the rest of the winter? hope….

These are full grown poplars bent like nothing from the heavy slush

Mid December, we got a good dump with high winds creating 4 foot drifts!  Couldn’t open the front door from inside, but thankfully the back door and porch were scoured clean by the winds!

Entrance to the Brick Barn a good 2 feet deep

3-4 foot drifts

Our new snowblower saves hours of shoveling

It snowed and snowed and snowed continuously for days!  See the snow plastered on the walls?  That’s from the wind.

Fallen tree bunch (multiple trees but the same root) in St Peters

My new snowshoes.

Funny trio under the bird feeders: two crows and a bold pesky little squirrel. He would tunnel from the trees to the feeders, pop his head up to see, then stuff his nose under the snow and crawl forward like a little plow, sniffing for seeds, hehe. He didn’t want to share them with anyone and would try and chase one or the other crow away.  The crow would hop out of the way, but returned cautiously to its feeding spot.

Lone Snow Bunting undaunted by the strong winds

According to Birding PEI, this lighter coloured American Goldfinch may have partial leucism (partial loss of pigmentation). Pretty cool!

Mourning Dove keeping his feet out of the snow while staying close to the feeders

A trio of European Starlings were hanging out with the Blue Jays. Perhaps they lost their flock?  I love their mottled plumage.

Our little birch reindeer that Chris’ friend makes and sells. We got him last year, and since then, he’s grown in his winter coat!  The much higher precipitation in PEI compared to Alberta or the Yukon means fungi grow like crazy in the forests and on anything it can grab onto (including our house’s siding!)  They come in all shapes, colours, and sizes.  Moss grows easily too.  We have a miniature garden of our own between the two panes of glass in our no-longer-sealed windows, the result of having our home on blocks.  If the ground shifts a bit under one of them, it twists the house.  Not worth replacing the windows unless we plop the house down on a foundation.

Vibrant yellow fungus (very small) we found on the Dromore Trail

I might call this one Roasting Marshmallow fungus he he!

And this kind growing on dead trees:  fairy steps?

23. December 2016 by Chantal Clarke
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