Conception ‘arbour & Bacon Cove

After Avondale, we mosied along to Conception Harbour. There’s a wreck there of a whaling ship, thought to be the “SS Sposa” that has been beached there since 1964 and it makes for dramatic photos. Apparently the SS Southern Foam and SS Charcot lie out in the harbour and make for excellent scuba destinations. For more information on these whaling ships, have a gawk at this article by Dennis Flynn.

Resting Place
Resting Place (Focal Length: 31, Shutter Speed: 1/180, Aperture: f9.5)

The wreck itself is quite dramatic and its orientation lends itself to fairly powerful (i.e. vertical) shots, when approached from a certain angle. It snowed the whole time I was taking these, which proved to be an additional challenge, not because I was concerned with the flakes that show up in the shots, but rather that I didn’t want water blobs from the melted snow on my lens. I had to aim my shots so as to avoid shooting “into the snow”.

Contorted (Focal Length: 18mm, Shutter Speed: 1/180, Aperture: f9.5)

The picture of the red shed below was snapped as I first approached the beach. I saw just the one crow on the roof, but about three steps forward, after this shot was take, a positive murder of them exploded off the shore. They, being black, were almost invisible against the dark rocks in the dull light.

One for sorrow
One for sorrow - although there were actually many more, just out of sight! (Focal Length: 70mm, Shutter Speed: 1/1000, Aperture: f4.5)

I really enjoyed working in black and white for this shot. The lines of the ship and the reflections stand out so much more vividly when colour is removed.

Hulk (Focal Length: 18mm, Shutter Speed: 1/125, Aperture: f18)

Then it was on to Bacon Cove. Bacon Cove is a wee little place that almost no one knows about and that is pretty out-of-the-way. It’s called Bacon Cove after (you guessed it) pigs. Yes sir, according to local legend, there was a big old shipwreck there and the ship was carrying pigs.The story is that, in order to use up the vast quantities of suddenly-dead pig that washed up on shore, a vast amount of bacon was cured in short order. (That’s the legend, at any rate.)

There’s another good shipwreck (possibly the ill-fated pig carrier?) for scuba enthusiasts just off shore, from what I hear.

At any rate, we popped down to this cove to hunt for a geocache and found this rather odd cabin/hut/stage in the process.

Bacon Cove
Bacon Cove. Look closely. Yes, your eyes are telling the truth. That wharf is lifted. (Focal length 38mm, Shutter: 1/350, Aperture: f11)

It appears that this clever fellow has built himself a wharf that can be lifted clean out of the water in winter. I wonder how much ice damage previous wharves had to have suffered to inspire this stroke of brilliance (or is it madness?)

A very odd wharf
A very odd wharf. Genius or madness? (Focal length 38mm, Shutter: 1/350, Aperture: f11)

Having lost wharves to the ice ourselves, we were, in fact, rather impressed. It looks relatively new, so I wonder how it will hold up over time.

Next stop: Brigus. (Well, actually, we went and had lunch first, which explains why the weather suddenly changes in the shots from Brigus onwards and there’s blue sky and stuff. You’ll see.)


5 Comments Add yours

  1. photobella says:

    I adore this set — the colors, the lighting and the starkness of the winter landscape. Lovely.

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated your blog for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can check it out here:

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    Sue Pea

  2. paul says:

    Hi, Fantastic Photos
    Could you post a Google map link to the position of the SS Sposa in conseption bay nl
    Many Thanks

    1. VickyTH says:

      Dropped Pin
      near Conception Harbour, NL

      Here you go! Although recent research has revealed that this is not the Sposa, but another ship.

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