A world where there are OctobersPrince Edward Island, Canada

Prince Edward Island sketch by Chandler O'Leary

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?”

—L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Prince Edward Island sketch by Chandler O'Leary

And I’m so glad my first visit to Prince Edward Island was an October one.

Prince Edward Island sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Even without the peak fall color everywhere, the island was easily one of the most beautiful, picturesque places I’ve ever seen. In fact, the gratuitous beauty got to be a running gag between my travel companion and me—with each new jaw-dropping vista, one of us would roll our eyes and sigh, “Jeez, I guess I’ll just look at another pretty scene…” and then laugh.

Prince Edward Island sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Actually, laughing about it was about the only way we could keep our sanity. It was all I could do not to abandon any attempt at sketching (because what puny drawing could ever hold a candle to the real thing?) and just burst into dumbfounded tears over the enormity of it all. Because all those October trees, and October fields, and October skies made for two days so perfect that no amount of careful painting could ever do them justice.

Prince Edward Island sketch by Chandler O'Leary

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