When you live near the coastline, you observe the sea and sky every day. The weather affects them both and on Prince Edward Island, the island breeze is almost a constant.
However, every now and then, the breeze is noticeably absent. Then looking out the bay, the sea is a mirror which reflects the sky. In such conditions, you just might see the blue of the sea and sky become one.
Such was the case recently when my husband and I walked the boardwalk. It was mid morning and the stillness of the air was noticeable in a place where one is almost guaranteed a breeze year round. That breeze is a great way to beat the heat, not so this day. Even the trees and bulrushes were still and silent which people who frequent the boardwalk noticed and commented on. The only sounds were those of the animals such as squirrels, blue jays and chickadees. Looking out to sea, the mirror on the bay made the horizon disappear.
Added to that, low tide conditions exposed red sand bars in the bay.
The sand provides an area of contrast and what looks like points of origin for the blend of sea and sky. Would one fall off the edge of the earth or ascend into the sky after passing that last sand bar? My imagination worked overtime.
In April 2017, we had another such day in the bay and I was fortunate to witness the scene. The mirror of the sea at high tide that time was broken by the wake of the boats, headed into the great blue beyond. The result is one of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken.
My husband and I spent our teaching careers in central Newfoundland about as far away from the sea as one can get on that island. These last years on Prince Edward Island have provided a different and much loved way to enjoy nature by the sea.