Friday, 30 May 2014

Cuckold's Cove To Carbonear

2013_NL_F1_91-2Early in my trip home last summer, I did a loop over the Cuckold's Cove Trail to see a nesting eagle.

Since I am an itinerant person when I am there, or as they say on the news "a person of no fixed address", I was staying at my sister's place. She had a nesting robin under her back porch and I was able to get a quick shot of the mother feeding her young before a noise frightened her away.

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I drove up to Signal Hill to start on the trail from the Cabot Tower parking lot. Not a great plan, as doing a loop meant the last part was all uphill! A much better idea would have been to start at Quidi Vidi, something I would recommend to anyone else looking to do this great inner-city hike.

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As I walked down the trail to where the nest was, I saw a couple of boats practicing search and rescue measures in Cuckold's Cove.

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The eagle's nest was down the hill and impossible to reach, which was probably a good thing - no one could get to it to disturb it.

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After a few minutes of watching the eagle just sit there, I continued on down to Quidi Vidi, where crews were practicing for the Royal St. John's Regatta.

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That evening I took in a gala opening at The Rooms and my parents came out from Carbonear for it. My son Blair also stopped by to show off his new motorcycle.

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I decided to drive out to my parent's place in Carbonear. Along the way, I stopped in Harbour Grace to photograph two fishing boats tied up in the harbour. As pretty as it is, a scene like this is a cliche in Newfoundland, except for one highly unusual factor that you may not notice: the boats are pointed in different directions! In my first image (not shown), they are both pointed the same way, but the wind changed, and the far boat had just turned into the change. It took a few more minutes before the wind change reached the near boat (and me).

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While in Carbonear, I decided to continue my photo study of Carbonear Island. I got up at sunrise to shoot the sun coming up over the island. This means shooting from Mosquito Point, an unusual angle. This is what I saw.

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At precisely the time of this photo, my SunSeeker app is telling me that the sun is directly over the navigation beacon that is on the island, but I could not see it at all. There was a terrible forest fire in Labrador at the time, and the smoke from the fire was quite heavy, even all the way down to Conception Bay. Looking across Carbonear harbour to Freshwater, you can see the smoke is fog-like.

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I decided that since I was up and out on Mosquito Point anyway, I would take a photo of the whole island, because it is a view of the island that hardly any of Carbonear's residents ever see.

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After a nice stay with the 'rents, I made my way back to my sister's. By then, a weather system had settled in, and the sky was dreary. I don't usually photograph Harbour Grace Island, what with Carbonear Island being my island of choice, but on this day it provided a better illustration of the fog, the heavy clouds, and the wind on the water.

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Heavy smoke can really screw up a photo, as you can see. It can turn a nice image into a very flat and ugly one. But on the upside, it can also make a photo. Later that week, as the fog started to dissipate, I went out to Burnt Head to shoot Carbonear Island as the sun went down.

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The smoke helped intensify the oranges, and I expected the reds (which follow the oranges) to really pop. I was not disappointed.

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After the sun went down, the colours faded and the sky darkened. I saw an eerie sight straight out of a Hollywood sci-fi film. It was as if a time-space vortex was about to open up and swallow Carbonear Island

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When I left to return to Town, my folks admonished me to "Watch out for the moose!" This statement is rapidly approaching replacing "So long", "Thanks for coming", and "Glad you stopped by" in Newfoundland, as moose are a constant safety threat - the provincial government has an interesting graphic here that shows the number of collisions with moose by month.

Oddly, I have rarely seen one outside of St. John's. In Town I see them fairly often and in the summer of 2013, I saw three different moose in St. John's, but none outside. This moose I saw while driving up Thorburn Road (and captured on my iPhone). You can see the safety issue. Imagine hitting this moose at 100 km/h and having all that moose hit your windshield!

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Here is a list of links to all of the blog posts from my 2013 tour around Newfoundland:
Trout River and Gros Morne National Park
Cuckolds Cove to Carbonear
Signal Hill
Boat Tour!
Bird Watching!
Whale Watching!
Fogo Part 1: Getting There
Fogo Part 2: Walking Around
Fogo Part 3: The Fishery
Fogo Part 4: The Fogo Island Inn
Twillingate Part 1: Getting There
Twillingate Part 2: Wine, Music, and Whine
Twillingate Part 3: An Iceberg and a Lighthouse
Twillingate Part 4: Down to the Sea in Boats

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I recently selected my best photographs of Newfoundland and Labrador and hand-made them as fine art prints, which I sell from my website here.

1 comment:

Biggi said...

As always, amazing photos Scott! Makes me want to go back to NL!