On the second day of 2020, I drove to Seven Mile Bay and took some photos of the Confederation Bridge. It was a day with cloudy periods and the sun was within an hour of setting. The sunlight played on the bridge when it periodically broke through the clouds.
The Northumberland Strait was not frozen at that point, as it wouldn’t be for a few more weeks.
However, there was ice along the shoreline and the countryside was beginning to accumulate snow in places.
Now in the last week in February, the scene looks different. The convergence of land and sea is complete and the frozen, snow covered land appears to continue around the bridge and beyond.
One might be tempted to walk out there but the ice in the strait is choppy because of the wave action. This is not a place for an ice highway.
Milder weather this week will melt some of this ice and make it less stable than it already is. However, with so much ice along the south coast, it is cold along the coastline even on a day with the temperature above zero.
It is easy to complain about these conditions but they are part of the history and culture of this place. Those of us who have come to call this island home, have come to understand its significance and enjoy it while it lasts.