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Life in Newfoundland

Sun and snow on Stiles Cove Path

When the sun comes out in winter there is no way you can keep me inside. Outside is where I want to be: with a broad smile on my face I’ll take in the glorious winter scenery from any viewpoint along the coast, happily walking through miles of deep snow just to get there.

Here are some photos from a beautiful snowy hike on the East Coast Trail from Flatrock to Red Head Cove, on Stiles Cove Path:

Snowy trail - Stiles Cove Path

Snowy trail – Stiles Cove Path

There were plenty of tracks from the trailhead to the bridge at Big River, but after that it was all clear, virginal snow all the way up to Red Head:

Undisturbed snow - Stiles Cove Path

Undisturbed snow – Stiles Cove Path

Approaching Red Head, the forest opens up to frame the snowy cliffs:

Red Head in a forest frame - Stiles Cove Path

Red Head in a forest frame – Stiles Cove Path

Because the winter sun doesn’t reach very far into the depths of Red Head Cove, there’s only a short window of opportunity to have some light in a picture of its cliffs:

Winter in Red Head Cove - Stiles Cove Path

Winter in Red Head Cove – Stiles Cove Path

Above the cove itself there is another attraction though: a small babbling brook that together with the wind regularly forms a freezing reverse waterfall, coating the entire area above in a sparkling layer of ice:

A thick coast of ice on everything - Stiles Cove Path

A thick coast of ice on everything – Stiles Cove Path

This amazing effect happens several times every winter, so if you have the time I highly recommend you check it out for yourself!


2016 Geminids over Newfoundland

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year (and my personal favourite), but this year its beautiful ‘shooting stars’ will have to contend with a full moon which makes the night sky so bright it will be hard to spot any but the brightest of fireballs.

Add to that an official Winter Storm Warning from Environment Canada and you’ve pretty much got a good excuse to stay in bed instead… That said, I always go outside for the Geminids: as long as I can get somewhere safe I’ll take my chances and see what happens.

If you’re like that too and you’re aching to see this year’s meteor shower, here are the usual tips: dress warmly, find a dark location away from city lights, look up from midnight to 6AM the following morning (tonight and tomorrow night), and of course avoid looking at that pretty but far too bright full moon!

Stay safe and have fun!

Cape Spear light beams

Long winter nights are here and they’re ideal for night photography. Sure it’s cold but you don’t have stay out all night: unlike summer the winter sky is dark enough for photography as early as 6PM!

Cape Spear was always one of my favourite haunts for night photography, the light helps you get around with ease and the green beams themselves are beautiful subjects too:

Cape Spear light beams - Cape Spear

Cape Spear light beams – Cape Spear

Over the years I’ve visited Cape Spear on many nights and it’s provided me with some spectacular shots for my Newfoundland portfolio. 🙂

Shoe Rock Window

Bell Island is a beautiful place to visit. Lots of scenery, lots of history, and lots of colourful sunsets over Conception Bay.

One particularly fine spot to watch the sunset on Bell Island is Shoe Rock, and if you’re one to tempt fate you may even want to watch it from inside the Shoe Rock Window, a shallow and somewhat unstable ‘cave’ in the iron ore cliffs:

Sunset at Shoe Rock - Bell Island

Sunset at Shoe Rock – Bell Island

Be careful now!

Motion Head Rocks

Five years ago today I hiked Motion Path to take this picture:

Sunshine in Stereo - Motion Path

Sunshine in Stereo – Motion Path

So, what are we looking at?

This is an inverse stereographic projection of a 360 degree panorama of Motion Head. Twelve separate photos went into this one immersive landscape image, which I made to show everything above and around me in one single shot.

Blocking most of the sunlight are the two main subjects, the rocks, each casting a shadow on the edge of the image. Look behind me (top of the image) and you can actually see their shadows touch. At this time of year the sun peeks through these glacial erratics every day for about half an hour, but to catch it you’ll have to be there at just the right time!

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