Sunday, October 19, 2008

Celtic Shadows


The old Protestant Graveyard in St. Johns yields a pleasant mix of gothic beauty and tranquility.

"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?"
Edgar Allan Poe

Banana Boat

"As I stood on the wharf in Trinity harbour, the sun peeked out from behind the cloud cover and shone brilliantly on the yellow boat, the surrounding water sparkled with light".

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chestnut

Number 4 Mine - Bell island

Ore Car and Mural - Bell Island


At the end of June 1966, they closed the mine on Bell Island. It was a hard blow to the 10,000 residents of this island in Conception Bay on Newfoundland's east coast.

"Bell Island must not be allowed to die, and we'll fight to see that it dosen't. If the federal government lets us sit here and rot, we'd be within our rights to tear down the Union jack and put up the skull and crossbones, or even the hammer and sickle." - The Bell island Reporter 1966.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Maelstrom at Doctor's Cove


I was quite mesmerized by this swirling mass of water while perched on a wet sloping rock in the early morning hours at Doctor's Cove. A slow shutter speed and an unsteady tripod and photographer resulted in some softening of the rocky shore. Even so, this is what my eye could see albeit in greater detail.

Sunrise in Ferryland

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Holy Trinity Church - Trinity

This little church in Trinity , Newfoundland was built in 1835, giving it the distinction of being the oldest wooden church in North America.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Cataract Falls - The View from the Bottom


The Colinet River drops into a deep gorge, forming a spectacular waterfall known locally as ‘The Cataracts’ and is listed by the provincial government's parks division as one of 6 "Natural and Scenic Attractions". A series of trails and steep steps lead from the bridge over the gorge, down the steep sides, to the base of the waterfall.

Monday, September 01, 2008

The Cataracts


This picturesque falls never fails to show the casual visitor its beauty from many vantage points.

Snowy Owl


The Snowy owl is an uncommon winter resident to Newfoundland but sometimes occurs in considerable numbers when lemmings ,their favourite food source becomes scarce in the northern tundra. This arctic owl begins to arrive in the province in September and some are reported to stay as late as April or May. It is very wary and perches upon a high point of land,rock,tree or building in order to survey its surroundings in all directions, thus detecting the approach of prey or enemies.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Newfoundland Red Fox


Red foxes are excellent hunters, preying on birds, rabbits and other small mammals. Foxes, both red and the less common silver fox, are spotted frequently during treks into the Newfoundland back country.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Saltbox


Welcome - the door is always open - if you can reach it !

In Newfoundland, this door is called a mother-in-law door because that is the door that she was supposed to use if you didn't like her !

Bonavista Lighthouse at Sunrise

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sunset Through a Fog Bank - Cape St. Mary's


As the fog lifted I only had minutes to capture this image before it again closed in, Interestingly, the sun shining through this bank of cloud appears as a layered sun dog. The only foreground interest on this otherwise desolate barrens is the range fence.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Photographers On The Edge


Two photographers from "away" are oblivious to the danger of a rogue wave as they are entranced by the angry sea at Cape Spear.

Break of Day

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Waiting


We tie our little skiff along a fringe of wooded shore, protected by a steady - safe and sound.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Great Horned Owl


The Great Horned Owl must turn it's head to look around because it cannot move it's large yellow eyes from side to side.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Topsail Falls - Bridal Veil


This beautiful falls near St.John's was photographed by Robert Edwards Holloway in the early 1920's. In those days the citizens of St.John's would picnic at the falls and the site was regarded as one of the seven wonders of Newfoundland.

To see his photograph on the 24 cent Newfoundland stamp issued in 1924, click here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dwarf Columbine on a Wednesday Evening

Columbines belong to the genus Aquilegia. The name is derived from the Latin aquila which means eagle, a possible reference to the hooked spurs of some species appearing like the claws of that bird. Columbines are members of the Buttercup Family.

For an intimate closeup of the dwarf columbine click here !

Monday, June 09, 2008

Witless Bay Zodiac Trip


On Saturday evening I met four of my Flickr friends, all avid photographers, and spent the evening on a photo shoot. We left Witless Bay Harbor by zodiac and soon were surrounded by icebergs, puffins, murres , kittiwakes, gulls and even a pair of nesting bald eagles. Here we are on the wharf at the end of that wonderful trip. Left to right: Litehouseman, yours truly - Tomcod, Allison S. George, Sulfite and Photonick2007. Of course, these names are only our Flicker monikers. If you would like to see some images from the trip, look us up on Flicker.com.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Abandoned


I found this old abandoned house today while driving towards Renews on the Avalon peninsula. The old homestead has seen its time and will soon fall. The windows are shuttered with iron bars. While I was photographing, I felt as if I were being watched. Is there a face in the window?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Newfoundland Schooner Dory


I found this old abandoned dory in Aquaforte among today's debris of old tires and rusting forty gallon drums. In spite of this, the setting still evoked echoes of another time. This unique flat bottomed work boat, with its planks for sides and swept up bow and stern could be stacked with its sisters up to eight boats high on the decks of large schooners, thus reducing storage space.

Dories were very seaworthy and became more stable when loaded with a large catch of fish.

Spring Parade on the East Coast Trail


For a close encounter with an iceberg click here.

Monday, May 26, 2008

At Rest in Brigus South


A peaceful scene in Brigus South invites the visitor to this ancient fishing settlement located in a small cove between Tors Cove and Cape Broyle on the Southern Shore. Because of the northern cod moratorium in 1992, fishermen in this community rely on other types of sea creatures to make a living, mostly crab and scallops.

Little House on the Bay

Sunday, May 25, 2008

St. Peter and St.Paul Church, Bay Bulls


The Roman Catholic church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Bay Bulls was built in 1890.
At the gates of the church, serving as pedestals for statues, stand several of the cannons used in the engagements with the French in the 1700's.