Saturday, June 23, 2007
The Rose Blanche Lighthouse was built in 1871 from a nearby granite quarry and operated from 1873 to the 1940s. The original light was a 4th order dioptric lit from sunset to sunrise at a height of 95 feet above sea level. It could be seen for 13 miles in clear weather. The building fell into ruins but, in 1988, the citizens of the surrounding communities began restoration and the the lighthouse was returned to its former glory in 1999.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
No two ice bergs are the same but they can be catregorized by descriptions of shape and size, such as tabular, blocky, wedge and pinnacle. This is a pinnacle iceberg near St. John's Harbour. When the middle melts out, it becomes known as a dry dock, resembling the docks for repairing ships.
The silence of the early morning air is shattered by a loud bang, followed by an eerie cracking sound that reverberates across the bay. That huge tabular ice berg off Cuckold's Cove has split into two uneven wedges. This spectacle plays out in the spring and early summer off Newfoundland's coasts. About 400 - 800 icebergs survive the trip from Greenland to Newfoundland each year. The 1800 nautical mile trip can take up to three years.