Monday, July 31, 2006

Moore's Cove

Moore's Cove is a tiny town at the end of a side road in Cottrell's Cove. I don't remember ever visiting this town before even though I visited this area several times in 1970s.

This is a scenic cove with several fishing stages/wharves that are well maintained. In fact, the stages and wharves are among the best maintained that I have seen in my travels so far this summer. I am sending two views that show three stages on one side, and another on the opposite side of the cove. The lobster pots indicate that lobster fishing in the area must be fairly good.

I walked around and on these stages to get the photos I wanted, and didn't see "No Trespassing" or "Private: Keep Off!" signs anywhere. When visiting other provinces, I am hesitant to walk around stages because of all the signs I see.

Later this week, I am heading to the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on a photo shoot. Then, I am heading to Nova Scotia for a couple of weeks. My Photo of the Day will stop from August 3 - August 21. When I have access to the Internet, I will upload photos to my Photo of the Day Blog, but it may be inconsistent during those three weeks.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Cottrell's Cove

This morning I am continuing my Virtual Tour of Central Newfoundland communities. Today's photos were taken in Cottrell's Cove, Notre Dame Bay. As we neared the town, I remembered that the last time I visited this town I photographed boats in the harbour from a big hill when the weather was wet and foggy. I was right about the hill! This trip, however, the weather was beautiful - not a cloud in the sky.

The light green fish "store" attracted my attention from quite a distance and I stopped to take a few photos. This was a hard photo to get because there were several other smaller buildings around that I was trying to keep out of this shot. I found the colour to be unusual - these type buildings are usually red or yellow.

The second photo shows a wharf and fishing stage that are well maintained. Besides another green building on the wharf, you will see lobster pots, a boat, slipway for launching boats and the town in the distance - all elements of a typical outport community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Macro Photographs

I have been doing a bit of macro photography in my backyard this summer and thought I'd share a few with you. This morning I am sending three macro photographs.

I saw a weird bug flying around my deck and, when it landed on a flower, I attempted to photograph it with my macro lens. To my surprise, it stayed there long enough for me to take a few photos before flying off. I don't know what type of bug it is, but it hovers like a hummingbird. I was more nervous about photographing this insect because it looks like it could be related to a wasp - and may bite. It didn't! (I did a Google search and think it is a hover fly. Apparently they mimic wasps.)

The second is a close-up of the sexual parts of a wave petunia. This is the part of the plant that bees go to try to get nectar. I have never photographed this type of flower before, and thought it was interesting it was so dark there.

The third photo is a white satin moth. It had landed on my back deck and stayed there long enough to be photographed. You can see that the legs and antennae are black and white.

I identified these insects on the web and may be incorrect about the two species today. I know there are a couple of people on my Photo of the Day list who will be able to identify these insects for sure. : )

Friday, July 28, 2006

Bumble Bees

Today I have chosen something a little different. The fireweed in my yard is blooming and that means hundreds of little visitors - bumble bees.

Each year I try to get the "perfect" photo of a bee. Usually, they are really active around fireweed flowers, but yesterday I found one bee that was really slow moving and stayed on one or two flowers while I photographed it. I have seen this type of behaviour in bees before, but usually in early morning when it was still cool outside. I took these photos around 10:30 am and it was fairly warm.

Though there were hundreds of bees buzzing all around, I was not too worried. I have photographed bees many times before and have never gotten stung. Sometimes they get a little mad and fly around me a few times, then fly off. They are not very aggressive.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Leading Tickles 2

Today I chose two more photos of Leading Tickles, located in Notre Dame Bay. The photos show two different views near the ocean with fishing stages and wharves.

As in most communities I've visited this summer, there wasn't much activity around these areas. In years gone by, there would have been lots of activity on the wharves and fishing stages all around the province.

Another thing I have noticed is how peaceful it is in these little communities. Considering the many conflicts going on around the world today, I feel very lucky to live in a part of the world that is so peaceful!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Leading Tickles

The rocks and rough terrain in and around the town of Leading Tickles are very interesting and were formed by tectonic forces associated with the opening and closing of oceans around 450 million years ago. The steep cliffs in Oceanview Park are very photogenic and I am sending two images of them this morning.

The first shows my brother taking a photo looking up the steep rock face of the cliff. There is a trail system that takes hikers to a lookout on top of this cliff. I imagine the view of Notre Dame Bay is spectacular from up there. As usual, I didn't have time to explore the trails there.

The second is a silhouette of the cliff taken after I walked around a bit. I got into position in the shadows so the sun was just at the edge of the cliff. Because the sun was so bright, I knew that the cliff would be totally black, making a strong image. I liked the flare created as the edge of the sun peeked around the edge of the rock face.

Warning - do not look directly into the sun while making this type of photo.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Point Leamington

While on a photo shoot in Central Newfoundland and Labrador in early July, I visited many communities including Point Leamington. I am sending two photos taken from a bridge over a beautiful river in that community.

The first was taken with my 17-40 zoom lens and shows the rough water flowing into the ocean with part of the town in the background. The second, taken with my 100-300 lens at maximum zoom, shows two salmon fishermen standing at the mouth of the river.

I haven't visited this area of the province in over 25 years, but as I approached the town, I remembered there was a river there because I had photographed it before. The experience made me realize that the only thing I remembered about the town was what I had photographed a quarter of a century ago.

As we drove through the other towns in the area, it was the same - hardly anything looked familiar, except the things I had photographed before. I assume that taking the photos and viewing them often, helped "fix" the memories in my brain. Other things, which I saw then, but didn't pay as much attention to, were forgotten. Maybe the process of making a photograph helps people remember things more clearly?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Squid Jigging

Holyrood was the inspiration for the Newfoundland song "Squid Jigging Ground" and fisherpersons continue to catch squid in Holyrood Harbour. This year there is a lot of squid (I was told that 150, 000 pounds of squid were caught one day last week) and local fisherpersons spend their days on the water. I am sending two photos of squid fishing in the harbour.

The third photo shows squid that were brought to shore and stored in containers. I am also sending a photo taken in Glover's Harbour, Notre Dame Bay showing a life sized model of a giant squid that was caught by fishermen in 1878. Newspaper reports from the time described the length of the squid as 20 feet from the tip of its tail to it's beak. The tentacles were even longer - one measured 35 feet. Many giant squid have been found along the shores of our province since that time.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Heart's Delight-Islington

The town of Heart's Delight-Islington, Trinity Bay is located on the Baccalieu Trail ( I visited this area last Thursday and took a bit of time to photograph the "red rock" and the calm waters of Trinity Bay.

As I took the second photo, I wondered how many boats would have been there when the fishery was a thriving industry. It seemed like four small boats in the water weren't very many for the size of the wharf and town.
If you would like to see more photos of this town click on the link above, then Heart's Delight-Islington.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Winterton, Trinity Bay

My mother was born in Winterton, Trinity Bay and I have visited there many times over the years. When I was a young boy of 10 or 11, I remember walking around the town (which seemed much bigger then) with my new Kodak Hawkeye camera looking for good photos. I realized that I haven't changed much; here I am 47 years later still doing the same thing.

On Thursday, it was such a beautiful day that I wanted to capture the peaceful town and calm ocean. The second photo shows the mouth to the harbour. The land in the distance is the Bonavista Peninsula and you will see how calm it is on Trinity Bay. The third photo shows the part of the town showing the location I took the first photo.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Salmon Cove

Yesterday, I dropped in to Salmon Cove Beach for about 30 minutes just to see if there was a crowd there on such a beautiful day. There were quite a few people enjoying the sun and "cool" water.

In the second photo I wanted to capture an image of a guy walking to an island just off shore. As you can see, it isn't very deep and there is a sandy bottom all the way out there. You will also notice the large quartz veins in the rock. You can barely see a few of the terns that make a home on the island.

I realize that my virtual tour of the Kittiwake Coast wasn't finished, but I wanted to show you that we do get visitors to our beaches.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bonavista Bay Beaches

Another series of photos from the Kittiwake Coast this morning. A couple of weeks ago I sent photos of sandy beaches in Eastport and Sandy Cove, both communities in Bonavista Bay.

This morning I am sending two photos of huge sandy beaches, also in Bonavista Bay. The first was taken in Windmill Bight Park. Since this was my first visit to this park, I was amazed by the length of the beautiful beach. Other than my brother and me, there was no one there, though you can see from the footprints that there were people walking and exploring before we arrived.

The second beach was located in the town of Musgrave Harbour and seemed to go on forever. Once again, I saw no one on this beach even though it was a warm, but overcast, day.
My virtual tour of the Road to the Shores will continue for another couple of days.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fisherman Mending Nets

In Cape Freels, I saw a man mending a fishing net. I approached him and asked if I could take a few photos and he agreed.

Fishermen mending nets was a common sight around the province in years gone by, but this was the first time I have seen one for a long time. I took several photographs including a few of his "hands at work".

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Barbour Premises, Newtown, Bonavista Bay

The Barbour Premises in Newtown, Bonavista Bay is a "living history" interpretation exhibit. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived there, it was too late to spend any time exploring the buildings.

The first photo shows 3 buildings on the harbour, the second shows one of the buildings as well as a couple of fishing stages. The last shows the house that the Barbour family lived in, and as far as I know their relatives still do come there from time to time. More information is available on line at:

As you can see, the buildings are painted the same colour as the house and post office in Greenspond (the photos were sent over the past few days. I imagine this area was pretty busy when the fishery was a bustling industry.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Church - Pool's Island

In Pool's Island, a small community in Bonavista Bay, I photographed a small Anglican church. The main door, shown in the first photo, had a latch with no lock. I thought it was interesting because over the past several years I have photographed many churches and there were very few that were not locked.

Of course, I entered the building and took a few photos. The second photo this morning shows the inside of the church which has very interesting architecture and bright colours. I don't know anything about the history of this church.

I have attached a map (from Google Earth) showing the area of Bonavista Bay that I travelled last week.

Reddish Egrets

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