Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SS Gorch Fock - St. John's Harbour

The Gorch Fock is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). The ship is named in honor of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym "Gorch Fock". The ship and crew have been entertaining visitors to St. John's harbour for the past 3 days.

The Gorch Fock has been in continuous service as a school ship for the German Navy since 1958. More than 11,000 cadets have been trained on the Gorch Fock in that time.

In 1987/88, she sailed around the world, with stops on five continents. Lasting 336 days, this was her second longest cruise, topped only by a training cruise in 1996/97 from Kiel to Bangkok and back that lasted 343 days.
- Wikipedia

Monday, July 30, 2007

Making Fish

"The sculpture, Making Fish , celebrates Newfoundland women and their role in the cod fishery in the late 1800s. The sculpture is a larger-than-life depiction of two outport women bending over to pick up a heavy pallet of dried salt cod."

Suzanne Woolridge, The Arts Report

Wild Iris at Cape Pine (Iris Vericolor )

This graceful sword-leaved plant with its showy boldly veined flowers is found throughout Newfoundland. The iris is most ostentatious in moist meadows and stream banks that are wet early in the spring but often dry later in the summer.

In for the Day

Fishing boats tied up at the wharf in Quidi Vidi harbour after a day on the water.

Woodland Caribou on Trepassey Barrens

Several years ago the the southern Avalon Peninsula supported one of the largest Woodland Caribou herds on the island. Alas, today, the herd, once numbering 5000 strong, has been reduced to a few hundred animals because of parasites and coyote predation. Yesterday, I was able to approach a small group of twenty of these magnificent creatures. Caribou are naturally curious animals with a keen sense of hearing and smell but their vision is poor. As you slowly and carefully get closer, they will move off. Younger caribou will often approach you. These caribou stayed about a kilometer from the road but I was able to find myself in the middle of the herd enjoying and photographing these beautiful animals.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

"High and Dry" Ancient Whale Bone

This bleached whale skull at Cape Ray probably weighs a couple of hundred pounds. It did not easily find a perch on this weathered rock.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Fish Stage Near Rose Blanche

"A fishing stage is a wooden vernacular building, typical of the rough traditional buildings associated with the cod fishery in Newfoundland, Canada. Stages are located at the water's edge or "landwash", and consist of an elevated platform on the shore with working tables and sheds at which fish are landed and processed for salting and drying. Traditionally, they are painted with a red ochre paint, though colours other than red are sometimes seen."

- Wikipedia