Archive | October 2016

Engulfed in colors

By Jim Brown

Photo taken in Cavendish, late October, 2016. dsc_0019

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A field of emerald green

By Jim Brown

The fall colors on PEI in mid to late October can be truly spectacular. Fallow fields can take on an enchanting, almost magical appearance. Photo was taken in Clinton, between Stanley Bridge and Kensington. dsc_0001

Stanley Bridge spin dizzy gets curbs

By Jim Brown

Big things are happening in the tiny village of Stanley Bridge. The Stanley Bridge roundabout, which has earned considerable praise across the country and the world for its flat center button, has just got a facelift in the form of gentle, sloping curbs. Area residents were thrilled to have the provincial government commit a hefty sum of cash to the project when it was first announced.  We were all so delighted when the innovative curb-free roundabout was installed a year ago instead of a more boring and far less expensive Stop sign. And now our joy has doubled with the completion of this exciting new chapter. Dare we hope for a Phase 3? That would be so swell and the tourists would also be very appreciative, once they learn how to navigate through it safely. Several photos were taken during the process, with the first photo the original design, followed by the roundabout’s various stages of construction, culminating in the final, finished work. Or at least until next time.

Selling out PEI

By Jim Brown

I find it mind-boggling nobody, including the media, seems to care about the future of PEI’s beautiful landscapes. The provincial government on Jan 1, 2015, without bothering to tell Islanders, allowed big agricultural corporations to own an additional 607 hectares, bringing their allowable total to 2,307 hectares. What does that mean? To be worthwhile for CEOs and shareholders that means more yield will have to be squeezed from the land – more pesticides, more fertilizers,

more intensive farming, period. Think it will end at this? If you do you’re dreaming in technicolor. That’s just the first step. Next will come the destruction of hedgerows and buffer zones and a relaxation of environmental laws to allow large scale industrialized agriculture. Less fallow land, more farmed land will be the result and PEI’s enticing contoured landscapes will disappear. And nobody cares. Not even the media

Trump supporters make morons seem like Rhodes Scholars

By Jim Brown

The people who support/voted for Trump are the dumbest bunnies on the planet. If they had picked any one of half a dozen competent GOP candidates from the primaries their guy would probably have won the White House easily, considering Hillary’s record-high negatives going in. They would likely also have secured the Senate and the House and their guy could have had his Supreme Court nominees appointed without breaking a sweat. Roe vs Wade would have been roadkill, Obamacare would have had its feeding tubes pulled, and Second Amendment fetishists would have been in Seventh Heaven. Forget about walking into Wal-Mart with AR-15 assault rifles. They could have brought in rocket launchers. Thank God for their gross stupidity. We should all be very grateful.

Adrift on the Stanley River

By Jim Brown

It was mid-October and the leaves were burning into brilliant colors all along the Stanley River, including this spot near the bridge, at North Granville, where a boat was moored.dsc_0007

Netting silversides on PEI

By Jim Brown

It’s that time of the year again. Leaves are changing, burning into bright colors and setting the landscape ablaze, and nets are appearing on rivers and estuaries throughout the Island. The silversides fishery is well underway. Silversides are a small silvery fish which are used to feed marine animals in zoos and, increasingly, as bait for lobster traps. On Monday, Oct 17, at the break of dawn, I went to the Stanley River near North Granville to snap these photos of fish being hauled from their nets and brought ashore. Several large tubs were filled but catches appeared to be lower than expected. The commercial fishery runs to late November.