Winter perks.

Somewhere on every photographer’s blog you will likely find an entry about winter sunrises. The cliché is not without merit, since sunrises are far, far easier to be awake for at this time of year. Harder on the fingers, when the windchill dips to the -20C range, but you’re more likely to be up anyway….

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…

All the world’s a stage…

stage  ~ “An elevated platform on the shore with working tables, sheds, etc, where fish are landed and processed for salting and drying, and fishing gear and supplies are stored;… ‘Stage work’ was a communal activity and was lightened by a yarn, a song, a joke. Laughter helped the work along.” (Dictionary of Newfoundland English)…

Some days you’ve just gotta jump…

Swimming at Herring Neck (or on the road to Herring Neck). Absolutely THE BEST swimming spot ever. Two diving platforms. Two very happy (and much cooler) kids. Heart-stoppingly amazing jumps. Perfect way to end a vacation!

Exploits days

Just a few photos to show we’re still alive. The weather has been quite decent and we’re having a spectacular time. There’s nothing quite like an evening at Exploits. Between the sunsets and the lamplit evenings of chatting, the evenings are some of the nicest times. The kids have been having a whale of a…

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…

A return to Grates Cove

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings This has been a long time in coming. Almost six years, in fact. In July of…

A novelty

I have been mucking about on beaches for thirty-seven years now. I have caught crabs, squid, baby lobster, swimmy fish of all sorts, mussels, clams, starfish, eels, jellyfish and anything else that chanced along the beach on my watch. Really, insofar as Newfoundland beach critters were concerned, I figured I had a fair experience and…

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…

Enchanted

There are places to which one simple visit is not enough; places that ensnare the senses and enthrall the spirit with a come-hither aura. The Faerie Ring in Harbour Grace is one such location and I’ve been itching for a chance to go back again (I visited last fall) with my new camera, a wide-angle…

Freshwater, Conception Bay

I’m not sure how many places named “Freshwater” there are in Newfoundland. John and I have a running joke, whenever we encounter one, in which we start reeling off the Freshwaters and associating them with events or features that make them unique. For instance, there’s Freshwater-where-we-camped-near Motion-Head, Freshwater-with-the-big-beach-on-the-way-to-Cape-Spear, Freshwater-down-Placentia-way-with-the-trail-that-we-haven’t-done-yet, Freshwater-near-Carbonear-with-the-marvelous-old-houses-and-root-cellars and so forth. In fact,…

Battery Resident

I’m up to my ears in meetings today and haven’t much time to write, but I thought you might like to meet a gull that we spotted, nesting on the rocks below the Blue Moon Pottery Studio in The Battery, St. John’s, Newfoundland. More tomorrow, I promise!