Saturday, January 13, 2007

Newfoundland Dory

The dory was once a common sight around the harbors and coves of Newfoundland. These two man fishing boats were used to fish cod through the 1860's and into the 1960's. The Newfoundland version was a small 15 foot flat-bottomed boat with flaring sides and a sharp bow and stern. This provided a very stable floating platform and its design allowed easy stacking on the deck of a schooner.

Simeon Lowell who came from England to Massachusetts invented the dory in 1793. The name itself probably originated from a Nova Scotia redfish known as the "John Dory Fish". Some Newfoundland fishermen still build this "little Lady of the North Atlantic.

A Snow Plow at Avondale

The Newfoundland Railway is long gone but scattered along the old track bed, communities still strive to conserve derelict railway stations, railcars, and locomotives. This veteran snowplow from the 1950s can be seen at the Avondale Station. The plow is unpowered and would be pushed through the snow by the locomotive.

Still Life

I photographed this colorful display of cut paper by simply turning on my flash. Although not a Newfoundland theme, the colors remind me of a Newfoundland autumn during the colorless months of winter.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Safe Harbour

Quiddi Vidi offers a safe refuge from troubled seas.

The Big One That Never Got Away

During the summer of 2000, I entered a fishing derby sponsored by a local marine supplier and won second prize with this 32 pound codfish caught off Bread and Cheese Islands in Placentia Bay. As we strained on the line, my brother Mike thought that we had hooked into an airplane engine dumped by the Americans when they closed their base in Argentia. All hands helped to land this trophy fish.