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2011.09.26__05.58.53

Dawn on Red Head

Last week I shared some early morning shots from Red Cliff, which towers an impressive 180 metres above the ocean. Today I’m sharing pictures from an equally well-suited sunrise spot: Stiles Cove Path’s Red Head, which comes in at a more subtle height of 80 metres.

When I got out of the car near the big radio tower, I was pleased to see I was still early enough to see the Milky Way:

Milky Way - Stiles Cove Path

Milky Way – Stiles Cove Path

In late September we are nowhere near any major meteor shower, but still I saw plenty of shooting stars in just this one hour before it became too bright. There’s three of them in the above photo, but they don’t really show up in this small image.

The next shot is the one I came for, I wanted to have a starry sky above the first signs of the nautical dawn:

Stars at nautical dawn - Stiles Cove Path

Stars at nautical dawn – Stiles Cove Path

On the right side of the image, you can see the Gemini twins, with a yellowish Mars below them. While I was waiting on the perfect balance of stars and sunlight, I heard a minke whale surface below, but it was still much too dark to see it.

A little before sunrise, the thin crescent moon presented itself:

Thin crescent over the Atlantic - Stiles Cove Path

Thin crescent over the Atlantic – Stiles Cove Path

This was mere minutes after rising, so the above shot still shows some atmospheric distortion.

Old moon over the Atlantic - Stiles Cove Path

Old moon over the Atlantic – Stiles Cove Path

This last shot was a spontaneous thing, a sunrise selfie on the cliffs:

Silhouette sunrise - Stiles Cove Path

Silhouette sunrise – Stiles Cove Path

What a beautiful dawn! And it’s just the beginning of my long hiking day!🙂

2011.09.22__06.17.07

Dawn on Red Cliff

Close to my home in Torbay, Cobbler Path used to be one of my go-to places for sunrises and sunsets, and I frequently enjoyed a picture perfect morning there.

Here are some shots from a quiet dawn on Red Cliff:

The moon, mars, and surrounding stars - Cobbler Path

The moon, mars, and surrounding stars – Cobbler Path

20 Minutes before sunrise - Cobbler Path

20 Minutes before sunrise – Cobbler Path

View from the Logy Bay viewpoint - Cobbler Path

View from the Logy Bay viewpoint – Cobbler Path

East Coast Trail at first light - Cobbler Path

East Coast Trail at first light – Cobbler Path

Morning dew on blueberries - Cobbler Path

Morning dew on blueberries – Cobbler Path

Did you know that blueberries picked in the early morning are always a little juicier?

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Prince Edward Island

Two years ago I left Newfoundland to live on Vancouver Island, Marije found a job there so we relocated to the west coast… Like everyone who moves away from Newfoundland, we soon missed its cold foggy shores more than we could rationally explain.

Last month we packed up our stuff once again, leaving the west coast to move to Prince Edward Island. It was for the same reason, a new job, and by now I’m happy to report we’re slowly settling back into life on the east coast. Please have a look at my new blog:

Atlantic Sander – Life on Prince Edward Island

So far I’ve only published a few posts, but this new blog will grow with time, and before you know it it’ll be filled with photos and stories of our exciting new island lives🙂

2012.09.12__16.09.03

A beautiful day on Cape Spear Path

Back in September 2012, ‘extratropical cyclone’ Leslie raged over Newfoundland causing rolling power outages and considerable damage to houses and trees. The day after the storm I went for a hike on Cape Spear Path to see how bad the damage was, and to get some fresh air after a long day inside.

Storm damage - Cape Spear Path

Storm damage – Cape Spear Path

Aside from trees that had been ripped from the ground, there was no sign of the foul weather from the day before. I enjoyed blue skies above, a pleasant ocean breeze, and warm sunshine: a beautiful day for a hike!

My first stop on the trail was Square Rock Gulch, a great little place that comes with its own pebble beach. Pretty as it is, this place is often overlooked because it’s largely hidden from view.

Square Rock Gulch - Cape Spear Path

Square Rock Gulch – Cape Spear Path

Pebble beach in Square Rock Gulch - Cape Spear Path

Pebble beach in Square Rock Gulch – Cape Spear Path

As I continued my hike along Motion Bay the waves grew in size, often breaking on the cliffs in spectacular fashion:

Crashing waves - Cape Spear Path

Crashing waves – Cape Spear Path

Rocky coast - Cape Spear Path

Rocky coast – Cape Spear Path

Throughout the day I frequently climbed down the almost step-like cliffs to take in the show, the waves were very relaxing to watch.

In the forest above I ran into more toppled trees on my way east, the damage was substantial in some areas:

More storm damage - Cape Spear Path

More storm damage – Cape Spear Path

After 5pm, I took a deep breath and turned around. The sun was slowly dropping in the evening sky and I still had some distance to cover before I got back to my car in Maddox Cove.

Looking back towards Maddox Cove - Cape Spear Path

Looking back towards Maddox Cove – Cape Spear Path

Closing in on the finish line, the setting sun lit up the haze drifting in from the ocean:

Glowing haze - Cape Spear Path

Glowing haze – Cape Spear Path

What a beautiful way to end a hike on the East Coast Trail🙂

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