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the rock

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

This St. John's journey starts at the top of Signal Hill were in 1901 Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless transmission. Overlooking the city and harbour, it is littered with hiking trails that give way to dramatic views of the vast Atlantic Ocean. Steeped in history, this is where my Newfoundland journey begins.

st. john's harbour | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

st. john's harbour | iso100 | 85mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

the narrows towards the atlantic | iso100 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/100sec

the colours of signal hill | iso100 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/125sec

approaching the battery | iso100 | 85mm | f/8.0 | 1/160sec

the battery retrofit | iso100 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/160sec

Following a walk through The Battery (a small neighbourhood within the city of St. John's) and a chat with two local fisherman who opted to exercise their French language skills with me. I was quickly invited into the heart of St. John's where the architectural colours and details were plentiful.

power's ct | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/100sec

signal hill road | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/500sec

newfoundland red | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

modern rows | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/125sec

united colours of st. john's | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/160sec

untitled | iso100 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

untitled | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/100sec

harbourside park | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 0.5sec

st. andrew's | iso200 | 50mm | f/4.0 | 1/80sec

st. thomas | iso400 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

military road | iso400 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

Time to leave the city and head out to the surrounding coast line for a few day trips. First up is Brigus, a small fishing town nestled within Conception Bay and established back in 1610. This is followed by a stop at Harbour Grace to admired the final resting spot of the SS Kyle, a proud landmark since February 1967.

driveway | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/160sec

st. george's | iso100 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/100sec

harbour pond | iso100 | 50mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

ss kyle | iso100 | 85mm | f/8.0 | 1/125sec

Next stop is the most eastern point in Canada, known as Cape Spear. Words nor photographs can document the shear power and beauty of this spot. Mesmerized by the Cape, I knew that I had to find more locations placed ever so closely to the sea. As I began my search, I could not help but pondered at how ones perpective might change while living beside a vast natural wonder. My search lead me to the quaint fishing town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove. It dates back to 1598 and has a total population of 960 people.

coastal fields | iso250 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/250sec

cape spear lighthouse | iso250 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/250sec

atlantic waves | iso100 | 85mm | f/8.0 | 1/125sec

133858 | iso100 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/80sec

green | iso250 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/125sec

bread n butter | iso250 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/100sec

broken trap | iso250 | 85mm | f/2.8 | 1/800sec

As I write and review this blog, I cross my fingers and hope that I find myself in Newfoundland soon. I can not help but wonder what treasures lie within the island, like the following World War 2 bunkers nestled within the rock walled coast line at the mouth of St. John's Harbour.

st. john's atlantic coast line | iso250 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/80s

bunker access | iso400 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/100s

bunker | iso400 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/60s

bunker view | iso400 | 24mm | f/8.0 | 1/125s


A grazie mille to Jerome, Ashli and Rose, this series would not have been possible without you. Special mention to Ashli for providing me with the nickname of ' Seppe '...I dies at you :)

Newfoundland Expressions

Crooked as sin - Someone is hard to get along with

I dies at you - You are hilarious

Lard tunderin' - A variation of "Oh My God"

Oh me nerves - Someone or something drives you crazy

Stunned as me arse - Someone is not too bright

Source for the above terms and translations: Newfoundland Chocolate Company

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