Thursday, January 31, 2008

Coming Home

Newfoundland winters offer an abundance of snow, breathtaking scenery complete with mountain ranges and endless open country. Snowmobiling here is the ultimate adventure.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Painted Sky Over Paddy's Pond

The winter sun sets early over Paddy's pond in late January and the clear brisk evening sky is infused with fleeting shades of pink and yellow. Then, as night quickly falls, to the north, beneath the handle of the Little Dipper shine the Pleiades - diamonds in the night sky.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Casper - The Friendly Ghost Dog

Casper, my neighbour's Siberian Husky, appears content to stay outside despite today's sub zero temperatures at -13 Celsius.

Winter at Paddy's Pond

A cold frigid evening on Paddy's Pond is warmed by the grandeur of a winter sunset.

Hairy Woodpecker

The Hairy Woodpecker is a common resident of Newfoundland found throughout the province and is shyer than its small relative, the Downy woodpecker, but more active and noisier. The Hairy woodpecker prefers heavier woods with a few deciduous trees but during winter this expert climber wanders around in search of food, coming to feeders in communities.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Caribou Silhouette

Separated from the herd, this lone stag desperately searches for his kin on the barren grounds near Peter's River.

Winter at the Battery - Signal Hill

Signal Hill was the site of concentrated harbour defenses from the 18th century through World War II. The French had captured St. John's in the summer of 1762 but British troops dispatched from Halifax quickly won back the town in the last battle of the Seven Years War. The hill's military advantage, now obvious, resulted in the construction of several fortifications during the Napoleonic Wars, and their ruins can still be seen today.

St. Luke's Anglican Church - A Different Perspective

St. Luke's Anglican Church in Newtown, Bonavista Bay, was built in 1895.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Ocean Fury

The wind was young and the sea was old,
But their cries went up together;
The wind was warm and the sea was cold,
For age makes wintry weather.

The Wind and the Sea - Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Anglican Church - Change Islands

St. Margaret's Anglican Church, the oldest church on Change Islands, was opened for worship on Sunday June 16th, 1892. The Church was named after St. Margaret, the daughter of Edward the Exile of England who took an active interest in the people of Scotland and was very charitable to the poor and the needy.

On display in the church is a Bible that was presented to the earlier Church of St. James the Apostle, by the Bishop of Newfoundland on Aug 23, 1853.