Sunday, September 30, 2007

Blessed Boats?

This scene caught the corner of my eye as I was speeding by in Gander Bay, Newfoundland, and my family almost went flying out the windshield as I stomped on the brakes! I reached for my old Minolta SRT101, loaded with Kodachrome 25, and was out the door in an instant leaving my family wondering just what I was up to now. The freshly painted boats in the church yard was a departure from the usual grave stones, and I could not help but think of the fishermen who toiled in these boats, and their respect for the ocean, and their faith in the creator of all. I have since seen more recent photos of this same church, and it is so sad to see the sorry state it seems to be in at present. Someone should buy it for a Loonie, and turn it into a Music Hall for Newfoundland Folk Music. An "Oprey" hall of sorts? I'll bet the acoustics are fantastic inside, and there would be no problem attracting patrons who enjoy good music, or the bands and individuals that play it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Shallow Bay, Newfoundland

This wooden walkway at Shallow Bay Provincial Park was built to help preserve the dune vegetation. We had hoped for a long walk on the beach, but with rather ominous clouds gathering and increasing winds, we knew that our walk was going to be shorter than hoped for. But the distant sound of the waves on the shoreline did provide for a wonderful way to drift off to sleep that night......And the tent got soaked!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Through a Broken Window.....

This is another view of the Lighthouse at Cape Anguille, in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland. It was taken through a broken window of the lightkeepers house. However, I have since seen photos of this same house, and it has been restored beautifully. Another view of this lighthouse can be seen in an earlier posting. I just have to go back again to see this scene, and hopefully to include some of the horses that were roaming around, but did not enter the scene this day.

Camera ~ Minolta Maxxum 9, 35mm
Lens ~ Minolta Rokkor 35mm to 105mm zoom.
Film ~ Fuji Reala 100 colour negative
Scanner ~ Minolta Dimage Scan Dual
Software ~ Adobe Photoshop 7 & Genuine Fractals

Rough & Ready!

It has been a while now since I have posted a picture of Newfoundland. This shot was of a boat moored to the dock in Little Port, Bay of Islands, on the west coast of Newfoundland. The name on her bow, "Rough & Ready" is befitting of this rugged boat that is still engaged in the fishing scene, and no doubt ranges a good distance out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence in search of the next load of fish. I also liked this shot because it exhibits all the primary colours of Red, Green, Yellow and Blue.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My Doggie

Allow me to introduce you to Neptune, or Neppie as we call him. While I was tending to the corn on the BBQ this evening, I noticed that Neppie had chosen a place at the bottom of the deck, to rest a while. So I grabbed my camera which was nearby on the table, and fired off this shot. He is 12 years old, and slowing down now. But he is still quite handsome, I think. He spent the first 5 years or so of his life as a stud at a CKC kennel, and sired a few champion show dogs, as I am told. I came by him when his previous owner passed away suddenly, and I was more than happy to give him a good home, as we had had a sheltie before. They are a hardy and delightful little dog, that competes in the "working dog" class at national dog competitions. The breed originated from the Hebrides islands off the coast of Scotland, and were bred for herding sheep.

Sooooo Fine!

With flags flying in the breeze, this horse and its two lady riders looked just ever "So Fine" as they ran around the track at the New Liskeard Fall Fair today. It was obvious that this horse was one very well cared for animal. They were strutting their stuff for the judges, and I have no idea if they won the competition or not, but they were winners with me.

Pipers Resting after Parade

These two pipers were taking a well deserved break after their march all over New Liskeard during the Fall Fair Parade. I came across them resting outside "Sweetie's" kiosk at the fair grounds. The elderly gentleman was quick to agree that the real "sweetie" was his partner!
It was a pleasant day among pleasant people.

Street Decor for New Liskeard Fall Fair

Today, I decided to take in a fall fair. So my family and I drove north to New Liskeard to visit family and take in some of the local happenings. This colourful street scene outside a downtown gift shop was just one of many that decorated the town. It helped to ease one into a cheerful mood on this late summers day, as you realize that autumn will indeed be upon us in a few short days from now.

Monday, September 10, 2007

High Flyin' Craaazzzzzy!

Okay, this is my last post today. I have been away for a few days, and have not posted anything for a while. Last Saturday, I played chauffeur to my daughter and grandaughter, and her little friend, and took them down to Canada's Wonderland. I had never been there before, and I had no idea what all went on there. Well, this picture shows that there are some folks who will try anything. They get strapped into this bag, sometimes 2 or 3 all together, and get hoisted up until they are very tiny way up there. Then they are released, and come careening down, and out over the crowds below them. Of course, their terrified screaming is enough to send chills down the spine. I am terrified of heights, and my only fear is that I will dream about doing this myself.....Oops, I'd probably wet the bed!!

Quiet September Day

This large rectangular boulder sits beside the shoreline of Sunset Point Park, and just a few short weeks ago, was probably swarming with kids, cooling off on a hot summers day. It probably got pushed to this location by some springtime ice upheaval, that happens so often along these shores. Ooops, I'm talking winter already, and summer is barely over! But this was a very peaceful place to spend an hour today.

Yellow and Blue

Just another quiet scene beside Lake Nipissing today. The clouds on the horizon brought the showers that are falling as I post this picture. But it is a gentle rain, and it sounds nice outside my studio window. Someday I am going to have a metal roof over my veranda, just so I can sit and listen to the rain....

Red Berries

It was very grey and overcast beside Lake Nipissing today. However, this colourful sprig of red berries suspended just above a rock provided a delightful splash of colour. You just have to get down close and use the macro function of the camera to get the shot. Then, hope you can get back up again afterward. The joints scream a bit, but it is worth it, and the exercise is necessary to keep moving......

Hangin' Loose!

Nothing says that summer is over quite like these swings. Where are all the kids? Probably in daycare, or learning to play on computers somewhere......"must have obtained their quota of fresh air and exercise I guess." Sunset Point Park is pretty empty today.

Derelict DeSoto

This old DeSoto has seen better days for sure. Though battered and bruised, it still looks classy.........even has whitewall tires!!

Camera ~ Minolta Dimage S414, 4mp digital set on Sepia mode.
Software ~ Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI.