Echoing their joyous strains

Sometime in the 1930s, two strong-minded young people met in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was a powerfully strong, strapping young civil engineering student at Dalhousie who played rugby and loved the outdoors. She was a tiny young artist at NSCAD, who loved her art and was fiercely proud of her family traditions and status. He…

Blue skies ahead

After yesterday’s little hurricane, it’s nice to look at blue skies and normal wind levels. We weren’t hit too badly, although our shed is ninety degrees north of where it ought to be. I took these photos in July, on Exploits Islands. The shot above is of one of the more dramatic and colourful houses…

The merits of prostration

I have not yet been run over by a car. In fact, I can happily say that it hasn’t even been a near thing. When you really get involved with photography, you start looking for unusual angles and interesting perspectives. Quite a bit of the time, this involves bizarre contortions, adept balancing and (if you’re…

Hiscock House, Trinity

While processing some hand-held, low-light shots that I’d taken of Hiscock House in Trinity, I decided to play around a little with colour.I’m still of two minds about digital manipulation of images; sometimes I like it and sometimes I feel it’s overdone. It’s so particularly a matter of personal taste that there really can be…

Trinity, part one

We spent a bit of time wandering through Trinity recently. Trinity is a community that is quite clean and spruced up. There has been a focussed effort on restoration and maintenance that makes the village quite appealing to tourists. Naturally, the place was crawling with them! It’s some sort of mixture of historic district and…

New Bonaventure

  We had an action-packed Labour Day weekend jammed full of discovery, but I thought I’d start you off with one picture taken near where we camped. We stayed in New Bonaventure, specifically in George’s Cove, just down the hill (to the right) of the church in this photo. A friend gave us the go-ahead…

What would Dad do?

Here on Exploits, we get wasps’ nests. Frequent and substantial wasps’ nests in inconvenient places. Family lore has evolved around these nests over the years in flamboyant style. It started with Dad and the new outhouse. Sometime in the mid-eighties, after a long boatride across the bay to Exploits, we all trooped sprinted up from…

The Squires Barn and Carriage House

Just across the street from the MUN Botanical Gardens are the Squires Barn and Carriage House heritage structures. They are considered to be representative of twentieth century agricultural structures, having been built circa 1908. I was able to wander around the outside, but didn’t get to look inside the carriage house. I would have liked…

Cooling off in the Newman Wine Vaults

When we asked Katherine how she wanted to celebrate Canada Day this year (for Canada Day is very important to Katherines, you see), she gave us a list that was a mish-mash of the best of the best from Canada Days past, with a weather based modification; she wanted to go swimming. So on Canada…

Look up. Look way up: the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

I stopped in to wander through the Anglican Cathedral today after a meeting. It’s a fascinating building, both for its history and its construction. As cathedrals go, it’s really quite small. Not so small as the one in Fredericton, but still miniscule by comparison with ones in larger centres. To my mind this makes it…

No Mistake About it: Visiting the Fossils of Mistaken Point

I once read a saying that the difference between North America and Europe can be summed up in the statement that in North America, one hundred years is considered to be a long time, whereas in Europe, one hundred miles is considered to be a long distance. Our historical record in Newfoundland only goes back…