Marije and I have been in Canada for just over a month now and I wanted to thank everyone back home for their continued comments on my stories and photos.
I still can’t reply to any of your messages because I’m using my iPod instead of a real computer, but as soon as I get one of those I’ll be able to reply and answer to all of your comments and questions.
Until then, just know I’m having a great time here in Newfoundland. Every day I watch the weather forecast and whenever ‘freezing rain’ isn’t on the menu I go outside. Usually it’s ‘blowing snow’ or ‘partly sunny’ and even well below zero it’s a pleasure to be out and about, exploring our new island home. On those few days I do stay inside, I’m all set with a brand new Nintendo Wii and an Apple TV, which have no trouble keeping me busy:
Here are a few pictures from yesterday, when I revisited Cape Spear at sunrise and also had a sunset walk on the Sugarloaf Path.
Much less snow than before, but at least a bit of sun on the new Cape Spear lighthouse. I found only a few faded footprints on this hillside, most of them my own from a couple of days before.
Here’s some photo evidence that even I stay behind the fence every now and then, especially when there isn’t another interesting foreground to be included.
This is on the return trip from Cape Spear, the snowy hills you see in the distance conceal St. John’s harbour. My shadow is still long because of the low winter sun, but this was at 9:50 AM, well after sunrise. I get up pretty early for my photo shoots and at 9:30 AM the hard work is over, the great thing about that is that nobody bothers to visit Cape Spear at these temperatures in these early moments of the day, I have the place all to myself. 🙂
At sunset, just before picking up Marije at work, I walked a short stint of Sugarloaf Path:
The 2 photos above are a good example of what Logy Bay’s Sugarloaf Path looks like near the Ocean Sciences Centre. As I wrote before in an earlier post, it’s hard to see where the actual path is; I just keep a distant point in mind and try to make my way to it. My studded overshoes help a great deal with gripping the slippery winter surfaces on the hill.
The snow may look fine to walk in, but actually the going was pretty strenuous because of variations in snow levels; sometimes you just sink your foot right into a knee deep snowy hole. Walking in these conditions is best done at a guarded and leisurely pace.
Oh and just FYI: I’ve updated the previous post with some pictures of my ‘parking incident’.