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Friday, 6 January 2017

The harbour ice at low tide

The ice in the harbour at Summerside, Prince Edward Island this time of year is fascinating.

 

During our last walk there this week, ice was left behind by the retreating tide, aground and fractured. 

 

Pans of ice are piled on each other in places and have a hint of red colour from the island sand.

 

They abut the shoreline near the range light and the beach along the inner part of the harbour. 

 

The ice stands out against the red rock which prevents erosion along the shoreline.

 

Meanwhile, further out in the harbour, along the shipping channel, there is open water. 

 

The port has been busy this week ahead of the freeze up of the Northumberland Strait.

Soon all will be frozen for another winter.

30 comments:

  1. Fascinating! I deep forgetting the sea freezes when it gets really cold, like in PEI. We have such a moderate climate that I never see ice floes on the ocean. Then I remember the iceberg that took down the Titanic. Great pictures, Marie. Thanks for the education. :-)

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    1. I like the harbour like this for a few weeks but I get tired of the cold after a month or so, Jan.

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  2. That ice makes the cold look colder.

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    1. It feels cold just to look at it, Joanne.

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  3. Beautiful and so very cold!

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  4. How very, very beautiful. And what a reminder of the power of nature...

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    1. It really reminds us who's in charge, EC.

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  5. That ice looks amazing. I have never seen our coast iced over! Sarah x

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    1. I have know such ice all of my life, Sarah.

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  6. Oddly enough our little river in town doesn't freeze (here) because the water runs quickly.

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  7. There is a river along the boardwalk which runs into the harbour which isn't frozen now though part of the harbour is.

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  8. Very interesting! It is indeed beautiful!

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    1. It is pretty in its own way this time of year, Angela.

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  9. Interesting phenomenon to see ice broken up like that, isn't it? We've had no ice fishing the last couple of winters because it was too mild but this year the ice will be thick enough for the big derby that takes place.

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    1. How interesting, Judith. Will you take photos?

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  10. Your photos are amazing, Marie! Fascinating, and beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. It is beautiful in an icy way.

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  11. That is so neat! We don't see much ice here on the east coast of Newfoundland.

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    1. You get the pack ice from the north late winter into spring.

      You would take great pictures of this ice, Karen.

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  12. It never occurred to me that your tides would do such things to the ice! Of course! We get ice, but mostly just flat.

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  13. It is interesting to watch the ice here. The tides have a huge effect on it.

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  14. Happy new Year, Marie,
    Those photos are amazing !! I almost hear the sound of those ice creaking!
    My winter break will be over soon!

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  15. Happy New Year to you too, Tomoko. I've missed you!

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  16. Oh my gosh, these pictures are great.

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