Saturday, June 30, 2007
The walk isn't too far. In the first photo you will see two people looking towards the point of land in the distance. The trail takes you to the whitish coloured rocks - the gannets. The second image give you an idea of the height of the cliffs in the area and the third shows how close you actually get to the nesting area.
I have visited Cape St. Mary's often and never tire of the beautiful scenery or the flight of the gannets. I do suggest you call ahead to find out what the weather is like. I have driven there from Holyrood (about 1.5 hours) to find that it was so foggy that I couldn't see a thing - not too good for photography!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Last week I suggested walking to the headland in Harbour Main for a good hike that is not too far. The photos I am including today were taken on that trail.
The first two were taken at the end of the trail and show the steep cliffs you find there. The third photo was taken on the way back towards the town. If you walk this trail, you will pass a small cove with interesting rock structures.
If any of you decide to take one of these trails, let me know what you think.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
If you take the south side road and drive to the end, you will come to a parking lot where you can view the islands at the edge of the harbour. You can follow the trail towards the point of land in the first two photos. I have walked out to the point of land a few times. The trail continues on to Mobile, the next town, but I haven't gone that far.
The third photo shows a view across the harbour to the cliffs on the opposite side. There is a trail that follows the steep cliffs along the coastline on that side of the harbour as well. It is very scenic but I haven't walked that trail since getting a good digital camera. I see another hike to that area in the near future.
The kayakers in the middle of the harbour were treated to the sight of a large humpback whale that surfaced all around them. That looks like fun too.
In the first image you will notice a black spot in the bottom right of the image. This is a great black-backed seagull, the largest we have around this area. It is more than 2 feet high so you can get an idea of how large the iceberg really is. I also liked the little arch in the second photo. The last image is a little dark - by shooting directly into the bright ice the shadows were darkened.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I am hoping to get another trip out to these bergs before they are gone.
Monday, June 25, 2007
The three photos I am sending today were taken as we went around one iceberg. I ask people who are not from Newfoundland and Labrador to imagine being this close to a huge piece of ice that was formed more than 10 000 years ago. The bluish green colour of the ice that is just beneath the surface of the water gives you an idea that there is much more to this berg that we can see. Since seven-tenths of the volume of icebergs are under water and invisible to us, and the peaks on this berg are 30 - 50 feet high, you can imagine how much of it is under water!
I am sharing two views this morning that were taken on different days. The second image is a much wider view that shows the beach, the marina, and Butter Pot Mountain.
I have other Holyrood photos at: http://www.lanephotography.com/holyrood/holyrood.htm
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Harbour Main has two trails that are both scenic and are a good walk. The first shows the type of scenery you will see as you leave the ball field area and head down towards the beach. There are several remnants of old fences.
The second photo was taken as I headed out towards the headland. This trail takes you to a steep cliff overlooking Conception Bay.
If you would like to see other photos of Harbour Main, go to http://www.lanephotography.com/harbour_main/harbour_main.htm
Friday, June 22, 2007
Keep in mind that to get a good close-up photo of a moose you really need a good zoom on your camera. I have seen people move too close to these large animals. They are wild and very unpredictable. If you have captured moose photos and would like to share them, feel free to send them to our Photo Album Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I photographed this moose in Gros Morne National Park.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
On Sunday morning a small insect was hovering near by so I tried to photograph it in flight. My auto focus wouldn't lock on the insect so I switched to manual focus. The second and third images were captured before the insect flew away.
To be honest, it was the first time I had ever tried to capture insect in flight.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The second photo is a closer view of the first. See if you can find that cloud is in the first image.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
A couple of years ago I was lucky to see a family of ducks swimming in the water around Brigus. I followed the family of ducks for a while and photographed them on land and water.
For the first few years I lived in Holyrood, I had hens and ducks and every spring we would have little ones running around our yard. I took lots of photographs on slide film in those days. You can see more photos at:
Monday, June 18, 2007
Today's photo of Fort Amhearst was taken from Signal Hill yesterday afternoon. During the war, the concrete structures located below the lighthouse housed cannons to protect the entrance to the harbour.
The second image shows two people sitting on the cliffs of Signal Hill enjoying a day looking out over the North Atlantic Ocean. There were thousands of people on Signal Hill yesterday.
Some people have begun to leave comments on my Photo of the Day Blog. I apologize, but I haven't had time to respond to those comments. However, despite the fact that I seldom answer them, if you prefer to leave comments that anyone in the world can read, feel free to start comment threads on my blog at www.kbrucelane.blogspot.com.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
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Today I am sharing two photos taken around 24 hours apart from different reference points. The first was taken in Outer Cove yesterday, and the second from Signal Hill today. I wanted to capture a portion of the foreground in each of these photos.
The photos of the swallow were taken in Outer Cove today. I was lucky to catch it as it flew from the roof.
The iceberg photos were taken on Signal Hill around 2:30 this afternoon. It is difficult to judge the size of the iceberg, but later, when I zoomed in on the photo of the iceberg, I saw that there were seagulls standing on the berg. Seagulls are two feet high and hardly show up as specks. The iceberg doesn't look too large in the first photo, but it is quite large.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
In reality, when I walk under the canopy created by the evergreen trees, I go around a curve and down a small hill and come to a large open, boggy area. The forest is so quiet and peaceful that my mind is usually quiet after I finish a walk.
To capture this photo, I focused on the grassy area near the opening in the trees, the brightest part of the scene. If I had focused (exposed) on the darker area, the rest of the photo would be too bright.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I am sending two views of the same scene: a vertical (portrait) and a horizontal (landscape) version. The third image is a closer view taken with my 70-300 mm lens at maximum zoom. This is a large iceberg but there are no boats to compare it to and we are looking down on it, both of which tend to make it seem smaller than it is.
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