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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!


Ghost of Torbay Point

Have you ever photographed a ghost?

It’s a nice little project for a weekend like this, you can easily do it with a double exposure, or even with a single exposure. Of course, if you’re brave enough, you could visit Torbay Point this All Hallows’ Eve and you may see the real thing haunting the cold hard cliffs… Whatever you do, don’t get too close, it doesn’t like to be disturbed!

Enjoy your Halloween…

Fall pitcher

Bountiful in bogs and marshes across Newfoundland and Labrador, the purple pitcher plant is both a beautiful sight and the well-chosen floral emblem of our province.

Throughout the summer you’ll see its delicate flower raised high above the deadly pitcher (out of harm’s way!), but in October you’re more likely to see it like this, camouflaged among the other fall colours, with its flower fallen down and withered at the base:

Purple pitcher plant - Motion Path

Purple pitcher plant – Motion Path

It’s still quite beautiful as you can see, and Motion Path (near Petty Harbour) is one of the very best East Coast Trail’s to go see them right now.🙂

When the fog rolls in

Five years ago today I enjoyed a fine foggy evening on Signal Hill.

When I arrived at the Cabot Tower my gaze was first drawn across the bay where Cape Spear was being overtaken by a snug blanket of fog:

Fog across the bay - Signal Hill

Fog across the bay – Signal Hill

Beautiful as that sight was, I soon noticed another blanket approaching from the north, so I walked up Cuckolds Cove Trail where I was just in time to see Quidi Vidi and Bawdens Highland disappear in the fog:

Fog on the highland - Cuckolds Cove Trail

Fog on the highland – Cuckolds Cove Trail

Fog on Cuckolds Head - Cuckolds Cove Trail

Fog on Cuckolds Head – Cuckolds Cove Trail

After a few minutes of swirling the fog retreated into the background behind the trail. This next photo shows the start of Sugarloaf Path near Quidi Vidi, with the fog picking up the last light of the day behind it:

Fog along the East Coast Trail

Fog along the East Coast Trail

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