Canola at the Springbrook Lookout

To call the lookout over the fields in Springbrook slightly famous would be an understatement. With the great dunes of the Cavendish Sand spit in the distant horizon, this view defines Prince Edward Island in so many ways but that’s no secret. At any given time, the roadside is filled with locals and tourists setup to photograph this iconic scene that would even rival a bear jam in Jasper. Add that to the relatively new rotation of canola on PEI, and you build a recipe for yellow chasing photographers.

I made several visits this summer but found myself never alone. On a few occasions, I had to simply keep on driving to avoid the crowd. Although looking back at the situation now, my one regret was not taking a photo of the photographers line along the ditches.

This year was canola. Last year the field was unfarmed. The year before was potatoes. What colours and textures will the 2013 season bring?

On this particular night, I could see the storm clouds building to the west of Charlottetown. My ability to predict is terrible but ideally, you can position yourself on the edge of the cloud front with an opening behind you for the sun to illuminate the deep shadows typically found during heavy rain clouds. This night just happened to be in my favor and it happened to be Springbrook where I found my shot.

Springbrook PEI Storm

At this time the canola had already been cut down. The next few images show the difference from earlier in the summer.

Seperated by a line of trees, there are actually two fields that draw attention. One side has the farm house seen in the images above. The other side has a couple old barns.

Published in Prince Edward Island on September 2012


  • Darwin Wiggett September 2012 at 9:30 am

    They are all really awesome, but I really love how clean and graphic the 4th image is – nicely done!

  • Bernadeta September 2012 at 9:46 am

    Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Andrei Barbu October 2012 at 6:20 am

    Stunning capture! Excellent work!

  • Allain Pelletier October 2012 at 9:56 pm

    i do like your work great capture.

  • Medea January 2017 at 3:55 pm

    What will be like in the winter?

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