Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Miner - Bell Island Mural

Bell Island, an island in Conception Bay, was once a thriving mining community; today, the mines are now gone but you can visit giant murals that commemorate the islands proud mining heritage.

Twin Brooks

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally,
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

    By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorps, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by (Lester's) farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Remembrance Day - Nov. 11, 2006

The grave of Private J. Hancock of the Newfoundland Regiment, in Y-Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France. Pte. Hancock was killed in action on the 1st day of the the Battle of the Somme July 1, 1916. He was 18 years old.

On July 1,1916, the Newfoundland Regiment advanced alone into a hail of machine gun fire and suffered a 90 percent casualty rate including every officer - one of the highest casualty rates in the entire British Army that day.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Lake

" A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills around are its overhanging brows".
from Walden - Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Fall Colors in Bowring Park

This beautiful park was established in 1911 with a donation of 200 acres to the city of St. John's by the Bowring merchant family. The park has many scenic walking trails along the Waterford River, a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, and a lawn bowling field. There are several bronze statues including Peter Pan (a replica of the statue in Kensington Gardens in London) and "The Fighting Newfoundlander", a monument commemorating Newfoundland's soldiers.

Ruffed Grouse in the Botanical Gardens

While walking through Memorial University's Botanical Gardens today, this grouse began drumming in the shadows of the forest floor.