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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Humpback Whales

This was one of the most incredible experiences that I have ever had. I really never thought that something like this would be such an life experience to realize that this grand creatives still roam the waters.  I really honestly can't put it in to words how I feel about it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2016 ~ June 28 ~ High Angle

The view of St. John's Harbour from Signal Hill.  Rather impressive isnt it!!


Ok, so one of my small goals for this holidays was to get a couple of photos of Lupins ... they grow wild here in Newfoundland and in Nova Scotia and they are so pretty!!!  I love the colors!!

Lupins are a tall perennial plant that prefers full sun and dry soil. They bloom in late spring or early summer, usually around June. Lupins are of Egyptian or East Mediterranean origin.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Whale Day

Well, this was a first for me ... never seen a whale skeleton before and in one day I saw and touch two of them!!

Sei whale found on the beach at Fortune Harbour in October 2006, a few days after beaching itself.  Note that the tail has been broken, possibly by an encounter with a ship.  Such incidents are unfortunate, usually resulting in a tragic end for those noble creatures.

Sei Whale ~ Location near Twillingate.
  • Population Approx. 57,000
  • Eat 900kg Daily.
The Sei Whale is between 13 to 16m long.  It is from the same family as the blue, fin, humpback and minke whales.  There are 636-680 dark baleen plates per animal, the longest of which is 78cm females are usually larger than males. 
Sei Whales swim in pods of 3-5 animals.
Sei Whales swim at speeds of up to 50kph.
The Sei Whales is found in virtually every ocean and sea in the world.  They eat/will eat food as small as plank fish up to 30cm long.  They may live to be 70 years old.

Humpback Whale ~ She was a young whale that got caught in the ice about a year ago.  Believed that she followed school of fish in and was to young and inexperienced that know to know leave before the ice came.  Located in Terra Nova Park ..  Parks Canada is collecting the bones to create a full skeleton.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Arches Provincial Park

The Arches showcases a geological formation formed over millions of years as a result of glacial action, wind and water erosion, and other environmental changes.

Severe storms continue to slowly change and erode The Arches.  In the future they will probably be reduced to rock pillars or sea stacks. 

2016 ~ June 26th ~ Water

Out on the water for a boat ride ... was so much fun and there were some great views!!  Worth every minute!!

Bonne Bay Boat Tours ... Highly recommend these guys ... funny, knowledge and great entertainment!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

2016 ~ June24th ~ Sunset

Sunset stroll along the beach at Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland.

Whales - The Basques Come to Labrador

Basque whalers came to the Strait of Belle Isle in the 16th and early 17th centuries to hunt the Greenland right whale (Balaena mystricetus) and the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis).  In the 16th century it is unlikely that these species would have occurred in the Strait at the same time of the year.  The Greenland right whale was probably here October to May, while the North Atlantic right whale was here mid-June to late September.

The clothing on this mannequin is an authentic reproduction of times found in a burial site on Saddle Island.  The plaid patterns was produced using naturally pigmented wools from several varieties of sheep and goats. The shoes were produced using vegetable tanned leather.  Attached are samples of the fabric used to make the reproductions.  

It is known that Basques sailors wore other items of clothing than those reproduced here. These items may not have been buried or if they were, they may have disintegrated over time.  A Basque whaler’s complete set of clothing normally included an overcoat, jacket, trousers or breeches a linen shirt, undergarments stockings; cloth for leggings, boots or shoes, gloves and cap or hat.

Barrels that whale oil were used to store and shipped back to Europe in.  Whale oil lite much of Europe at the time.

Artistic representation of a tryworks based upon archaeological remains.  The tryworks was the main structure at the shore station.  It was used to render whale blubber into oil.  Some sixteen tryworks have been identified at Red Bay. 

L’anse Amour Burial

This mound of rocks is the earliest known funeral in the new world and marks the burial place of an Indian child who died about 7500 years ago.  The Maritime Archaic People, to whom the child belonged, occupied this area between 9000 and 3500 years ago.  The body was covered with red ochre, wrapped in skins or birch bark, and placed in a large pit 1.5 metres deep.  Fires were lit on either side of the body and several spearheads of stone and bone placed beside the head A walrus tuck, harpoon head, paint stones and a bone whistle were also placed with the body.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Gros Morne National Park ~ World Heritage Site

Gros Morne National Park was inscribed in 1987 on the Unesco World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and national heritage.  Inscription on this list confirms the exceptional universal value of a cultural or natural site which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.

2016 ~ June 22nd ~ Animals

Ok, so I have not see loads and loads of wild life but it is there ... probably watching me with the camera and thinking Ha Ha!! Not today!! :)

Seal seen from the ferry on the way to Labrador.

Caribou near Western Brook, Newfoundland

Bald Eagles at Bonne Bay.

Looking for Shells

It was very wet and raining on our adventure yesterday but so worth heading out and seeing all we could see.  One of the ladies from the tour looking for shells at Blow Me Down Provincial Park.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Captain James Cook

From 1763 to 1767, Captain James Cook, R.N., directed a survey embracing the greater part of the coast of Newfoundland.  The charting of this coastline was the first scientific, large scale hydrographic survey to use precise triangulation to establish land outline.  It produced a collection of charts which remained standard for a century. The choice of Cook to carry out Pacific exploration was the result of his success in Newfoundland.  Cook’s visit to this area on his ascent of the Humber as far as Deer Lake was part of the first serious attempt to delineate the inland topography of Newfoundland.

Pano View of Corner Brook, Newfoundland 

Click on the image for a larger view.

Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 - June 20th ~ Boots

Old Oil Skin Boot found at Prime Berth, Twillingate, Newfoundland.  Really interesting and very informative place ... its a much see!!

Corner Brook

For thousands of years, people have lived and worked along the shores of the Bay of Islands and in the Humber River Valley; taking advantage of the abundant resources and access to water for transportation.  First the Maritime Archaic people came, followed by  the Beothuck people.

In 1797, James Cook, the famous British cartographer and explorer, was the first to survey and record the geography of the Bay of Islands.

By the middle of the 19th century the population of Corner Brook was less than 100.

It was the construction of the pulp and paper mill between 1923 and 1925 that triggered the transformation of Corner Brook from a small but bustling sawmill centre into the largest industrial city in Western Newfoundland. 

Glynmill Inn ... Est. 1924

Glynmill Inn & Pond
Origin of the Glynmill Inn
  • Designed in 1923 by Halifax architect Andrew Cobb.
  • Constructed by the English firm of Armstrong-Whitworth Co.
  • Originally built as living quarters for senior staff constructing the paper mill.
  • On June 30, 1924, Sir Glyn West, Chairman of Armstrong-Whitworth Company Ltd. officially opened the building as a hotel.
  • Partly destroyed by fire on January 29th, 1929 but was quickly rebuilt.
  • Possibly the finest building of its type in Western Newsfoundland, and one of the best examples of Tudor-inspired building in the province.
  • Original Tudor Style half-timbering is still in place.  Interior design was influenced by Craftsman Style and remains relatively intact with few alterations.
  • The Glymill Inn was designed as a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador on March 31, 2001.

Origin of the Pond

  • (1921-22) A wooden dam was constructedto retain water creating the pond from marshland adjacent to Corner Brook stream.  This is still used today as an industrial water supply for the mill.
  • Underground piping runs from the water intake to the paper mill, supplying all its water except drinking water.
  • The island in the middle of the pond is artificial, created for aesthetic value and allowing the swans a safe place to nest.
  • Fish ladders have been constructed at the dam to once again allow Atlantic Salmon passage upstream.

The Hub: Becoming Deer Lake

Building the Deer Lake Power Station (in addition to the Grand Lake Canal and Reservoir) was a massive undertaking that required thousands of skilled workers, many from overseas.  Construction began in 1922 and saw the small, company-owned “townsite” that predated the Town proper become a major settlement and service centre.  By 1925, the Power Station was complete, supplying the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill with a sustainable source of power; it was has filled this role ever since.  Soon after, yet another wave of workers arrived in town to cut timer for the Mill.  This group of new settlers truly turned Deer Lake into a regional hub, prompting the town to incorporate as a municipality in 1950.  Five years later, the town’s central status was confirmed with the opening of its very own regional airport. Today, the Deer Lake Regional Airport is one of the busiest airports in Atlantic Canada.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

2016 ~ June 19th ~ Plants

Can not remember what these were called but I sure think they are pretty.  Newfoundland Wildflowers.

Halifax Public Gardens

Ok, just beautiful … very very well maintain and there is some true pride here.  

“Opened to the public in1875, these grounds united the 1837 Horticultural Society gardens with an adjacent civic garden created in 1867.  The original design of landscape gardener Richard Power is largely intact, partly due to his family’s long superintendence.  Bedding patterns, exotic foliage, favourite Victorian flowers sub-tropical species and tree specimens continue the planting traditions of the era. The serpentine paths, geometric beds, commemorative statuary and bandstand are also typical features this, one of the rare surviving Victorian gardens in Canada." 

Interesting Fact:
The paths were made extra wide so that 2 ladies in hoop skirts could walk side by side down the paths.  Ahh, the Victorian era ... !?

Mini Black & White Challenge

Was looking at a few of my flower photos and started to play a bit and thought that they would make some very interesting Black & White images.  

I love Black and Whites … while I truly enjoy color images there is a lot of time that I can see in black and white.  I know that sounds rather strange.  But that is one of the first things I noticed when I started in photography.  Something speaks to me when it is in black & white, I think maybe it is because the color is taken away and you really have to look at an image.