Tranquility
Tranquility

Freedom from disturbance, peace & quiet, solitude... Come, sit with me and enjoy this space. Let's talk, let's reflect while the warmth of the setting sun is touching the sides of our faces.

This is the Port Riche Lighthouse located on the spit of land that is on the north side of the entrance to the Port au Choix Harbor. We stayed in this area for three nights and we watched the sun go down at this spot on each of those nights. As you tour Newfoundland you will find similar spots with the two familiar red chairs looking out over wondrous views. Places of "Tranquility".

FTD - Florists' Telegraph Delivery of Newfoundland
FTD - Florists' Telegraph Delivery of Newfoundland

One of Holly's biggest requests for our trip to Newfoundland was that we get to see a puffin. Well, I located a perfect spot in a little town called Elliston. They have a place called Bird Island where hundreds of the comical little creature come each year to mate. They are here for just a few short months and the balance of the year is spent our at sea. Most puffin viewings are done by taking a boat tour but in Elliston you can get to within 20' of so if you are calm and sitting. We ended up with close to 50 of these little guys flying around us.

Flower Delivery
Flower Delivery

This is another puffin from Elliston. It looks to me like it's saying "I just want to deliver these flowers but I can't find the address". I'm not sure if it's the same bird as the previous image because there were 30-40 or so running all over the place.

A Little Workhorse
A Little Workhorse

Sitting among the big boys. I took this photograph on a foggy morning in the downtown harbor area of Port au Choix, Newfoundland. In the background are the large fishing and shrimp boats. My focus was this little workhorse and the way in which it was tied to the dock. The lifeblood of Newfoundland is their fishing industry and, while there, we ate fresh fish six days a week.

Port au Choix Harbor
Port au Choix Harbor

This is another take on the harbor area on a foggy morning. Take notice to the little "Piggyback" boat that is on the stern of the boat on the right hand side of the frame. This is a netting vessel and the little boat is deployed to drag the net around the school of fish so they can be hauled in for capture.

Durrells Arm Cove
Durrells Arm Cove

Just one of so many great coves of Newfoundland. These naturally occurring coves are where the little villages spring up because they provide safe harborage from the sea as well as the much needed access for fishing, lobster trapping, etc.

Durrell Arm Cove II
Durrell Arm Cove II

This is another photograph of the cove with a different perspective. I really enjoy the way they construct their docks along with the colors of their dock structures.

Booms-Up on the Jenny Dion
Booms-Up on the Jenny Dion

This is another scene from my morning at the Port au Choix harbor. The foggy morning gives me the feeling that I need to process these in black & white.

St. John's Newfoundland
St. John's Newfoundland

Where even the cars are brightly colored. This is the historic area of St. John's and I was so amazed to see wooden row house after wooden row house all over the area with each painted a different color with most of those colors being vibrant. The city is alive with activity including a very active shipping port. The side street off the main are so steep that they are difficult to walk up and down yet they drive on these in their harsh winters. We really enjoyed it and hope to get back again someday.

Dry Dock
Dry Dock

Taken in Port au Choix, Newfoundland. There are so many of these little coves around the perimeter of Newfoundland and we did our best to hit as many of them as time permitted. We actually stayed in Port au Choix for three nights so I got to see this scene numerous times.

Incoming on Bird Island
Incoming on Bird Island

More of those comical little Puffin on Bird Island in Elliston, Newfoundland.

Outgoing on Bird Island
Outgoing on Bird Island

More of those comical little Puffin on Bird Island in Elliston, Newfoundland.

What a Pair
What a Pair

The Atlantic Puffin.

Here's Lookin' at you Kid
Here's Lookin' at you Kid

More of the Puffins of Elliston. Fantastic little birds...!

Hey, Look at Me
Hey, Look at Me

So proud of his flower. It looks like he's saying "Hey, look at me". Puffin of Bird Island, Elliston, Newfoundland.

Rose Blanche Harbor
Rose Blanche Harbor

We found this lovely scene during our first day of touring Newfoundland. I fell in love with the scenery and realized that we were in for a treat as we still had over five weeks of touring ahead of us.

The Clothesline
The Clothesline

Located in the little town of Harbor Le Cou, this "Clothesline" caught my eye. The Amish use this technique in Pennsylvania and we found that many Newfoundlanders use the same method to dry their clothing. With the help of a couple pulleys they are able to load and retrieve all of their laundry from one spot. Some even building little step out additions to their decks for their laundry hanging chores.

Life on The Rock
Life on The Rock

Many a Newfoundlander call their island "The Rock". This photograph which overlooks the harbor area of Rose Blanche-Harbour le Cou is a good example of why. You don't see much farmland due to the lack of open field areas though many have their own summer gardens.

Tea Time
Tea Time

I took this photograph from the inside of the Rose Blanche Lighthouse. The table was set for two and, although it looks inviting, it was just a display to give an example of how the light-keeper lived. This is a granite lighthouse that was built in 1871 with stone from a nearby quarry. I'll be posting some photographs of the lighthouse soon.

Rose Blanche Lighthouse
Rose Blanche Lighthouse

Originally built in 1871 with granite from a local stone quarry. It was in operation from 1873 to the 1940's with a 4th order dioptric light that could be seen from a distance of 21 kms in clear weather. It fell into ruins after it was abandoned in the 1940's but was reconstructed in 1999 and now houses a 6th order Fresnel lens that is believed to be one of only 27 in existence today. Needless to say I took many photographs of this lighthouse. You must add this to your list of places to see in Newfoundland.

The Granite Gem
The Granite Gem

The Rose Blanche Lighthouse up close.

The Light
The Light

Of the Rose Blanche Lighthouse.

Shoal Tickle
Shoal Tickle

This is a scene taken from the shoreline of Twillingate looking over the canal toward North Twillingate. The canal is named "Shoal Tickle". I caught it as the sun was lowering in the sky and the day was coming to an end. The small motor boats were all tied and waiting for their busy day ahead.

Long Point Lighthouse
Long Point Lighthouse

I took numerous photographs of this particular lighthouse and this was one of my favorites. It was hard to capture the image I wanted without having any people in the frame.

Lonesome
Lonesome

This little rowboat caught my attention as the sun was going down over the harbor area of Twillingate. It looked lonesome as it was moored all by itself. I typically do not center my subject in the frame but it just felt right to so so on this image.

North Twillingate Harbor
North Twillingate Harbor

Taken on July 29th as the sun was low on the horizon.

North Twillingate Harbor II
North Twillingate Harbor II

Taken on July 29th as the sun was low on the horizon.

The Rugged Shoreline of Newfoundland
The Rugged Shoreline of Newfoundland

This was taken during our hike of French Cove in Twillingate and it was our first real experience of "the rugged shoreline of Newfoundland".

Terra Nova National Park of Canada
Terra Nova National Park of Canada

Taken from the top of a small round mountain and looking out over Broad Cove and Sandy Island.

The Steps of Terra Nova
The Steps of Terra Nova

This was taken during one of our daily hikes. The little piece of stairway caught my eye as we hiked toward it.

Standing Guard
Standing Guard

My alarm went off at 4am this morning and by 4:19 I was on my bicycle with my camera, my 17-35 mm lens and my 28-300 mm lens. Off I heading for a 6 mile ride in the dark to Gordons Pond. Yes, I had a headlight and tail light to allow traffic to see me and to light my path. I couldn't take my tripod so I adjusted my ISO to allow me to shoot at 1/80 of a second. The photograph includes both of the WWII Observation Towers that sit on the beach between Lewes & Rehoboth. The bird was a lovely addition.

Low Water
Low Water

Taken before sunrise at Gordons Pond in the Cape Henlopen State Park. I had to shoot hand held so I increased the ISO to 4000 which enabled me to shoot at 1/20th of a second.

The Pole Sitter
The Pole Sitter

Every time I went out kayaking in Cedar Key this past winter there was a cormorant sitting on this pole. To me it always looked like it was the same bird. In this photograph it looks like he's about to take off but if you would see my next few photographs in that series you would find that he was actually getting ready to go to the bathroom. I won't post that image. I'm going to save it for a birthday card.

The Waterman's Office
The Waterman's Office

I took this photograph back on February 5th from my kayak on the back waters of Cedar Key. I enjoy watching all the watermen of the area doing their preparations, launching their boats, coming back with their days bounty and just doing their daily duties around town. It's extra special to see it all from the water.

2nd to Last
2nd to Last

I took this just after the sun set behind the horizon from our campsite in Cedar Key on February 13th of this year. It was our "2nd to Last" night at Sunset Isle Campground. We look forward to going back again next year.

C Street View
C Street View

I took this photograph as I was walking out C Street and the day was coming to an end. The far structure is what remains of the Honeymoon Cottage. The width-wise streets of Cedar Key are 1st through 9th with the length-wise streets being A through G and there's not a single red light in town. It's all part of what makes this place a gem.

Comin' Home
Comin' Home

I took this photograph this past February in Cedar Key. My goal was to capture the Honeymoon Cottage in silhouette as the sun was setting behind and, to my pleasure this fisherman decided to cross in the foreground.

Palm Silhouettes
Palm Silhouettes

This is another photograph from early February in Cedar Key.

Fisherman in the Background
Fisherman in the Background

An important part of taking a photograph is considering what is in the background and how do you want it to appear. I saw this scene when kayaking in Cedar Key during our winter road trip and I really wanted that guy in the overalls to be part of the image but I wanted him to be out of focus because he was not my actual subject. I achieve this by setting my camera to an aperture of 5/6. With this setting you can still tell what it is but you have to look a bit close. The main feature of this blurry background (bokeh) is to have your subject stand out. Thus meet my subject... the brown pelican.

Going Fishing Anyway
Going Fishing Anyway

I took this from the town pier located on Dock Street in Cedar Key. As you can see it was a dense fog but these three guys were "Going Fishing Anyway". When many awake to a foggy day they can feel depressed or uninspired to spend time outdoors. For me, I get excited knowing that I can shoot as long as the fog remains and capture some wonderful photographs.

Honeymoon Cottage
Honeymoon Cottage

Of Cedar Key. As it slowly fades away the Thomas Guest House, otherwise know as the Honeymoon Cottage is an icon of the town of Cedar Key. I first photographed it last year and I captured it with a quarter-moon in the background and a purplish, cloudy sky. This year I caught it on a foggy morning. The only residents of the Honeymoon Cottage these days are the shorebirds who roost and perch on the remains of the structure. My goal is to keep shooting photographs of this structure on a yearly basis until it is no more.

Light Beams of Tybee Island
Light Beams of Tybee Island

We are home from our winter road trip and I'm just starting to work my way through the photographs that I took during our travels. This is one that I was anxious to see. It was a 30 second exposure of the Tybee Island Lighthouse on a misty and foggy night. I was captivated by the light beams being cast from the lighthouse due to all the moisture in the air. We truly enjoyed Tybee Island and we'll definitely be stopping here again in the future. It's nice to be back home.

Roseate's Aplenty
Roseate's Aplenty

Taken in the back bay area of Cedar Key Florida during our 2019 winter road trip.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

There are many reasons why Holly and I like Cedar Key and the Roseate Spoonbills are certainly one of them. We live in an area where we see many shorebirds and migrating birds but not these guys. They are a treat to watch as they feed in the shallow waters of the back bay area. This was taken during our recent road trip.

Showing Off
Showing Off

I can just hear the Brown pelican in the foreground saying "Don't pay any attention to those idiots in the background. They are trying to take the focus off of me". My concentration was on that beautiful green eye.

Whelk
Whelk

Of Cape Henlopen. Taken during our recent hike around the point.

In the Froth
In the Froth

Taken during our morning walk around the point at the Cape Henlopen State Park. It's a true gem of a walk that's probably about 2 1/2 miles and you will see so many wonderful sites. It's best to go at mid to low tide. 

Night Sky of the Suwannee
Night Sky of the Suwannee

I took this photograph at the marina area of the "Shell Mound". The Suwannee River is at my back and this is looking out over the bay area. I wanted a totally dark sky, however, the lights of the towns at the horizon crept into my image adding that orangish glow. 

Tranquility
FTD - Florists' Telegraph Delivery of Newfoundland
Flower Delivery
A Little Workhorse
Port au Choix Harbor
Durrells Arm Cove
Durrell Arm Cove II
Booms-Up on the Jenny Dion
St. John's Newfoundland
Dry Dock
Incoming on Bird Island
Outgoing on Bird Island
What a Pair
Here's Lookin' at you Kid
Hey, Look at Me
Rose Blanche Harbor
The Clothesline
Life on The Rock
Tea Time
Rose Blanche Lighthouse
The Granite Gem
The Light
Shoal Tickle
Long Point Lighthouse
Lonesome
North Twillingate Harbor
North Twillingate Harbor II
The Rugged Shoreline of Newfoundland
Terra Nova National Park of Canada
The Steps of Terra Nova
Standing Guard
Low Water
The Pole Sitter
The Waterman's Office
2nd to Last
C Street View
Comin' Home
Palm Silhouettes
Fisherman in the Background
Going Fishing Anyway
Honeymoon Cottage
Light Beams of Tybee Island
Roseate's Aplenty
Roseate Spoonbill
Showing Off
Whelk
In the Froth
Night Sky of the Suwannee
Tranquility

Freedom from disturbance, peace & quiet, solitude... Come, sit with me and enjoy this space. Let's talk, let's reflect while the warmth of the setting sun is touching the sides of our faces.

This is the Port Riche Lighthouse located on the spit of land that is on the north side of the entrance to the Port au Choix Harbor. We stayed in this area for three nights and we watched the sun go down at this spot on each of those nights. As you tour Newfoundland you will find similar spots with the two familiar red chairs looking out over wondrous views. Places of "Tranquility".

FTD - Florists' Telegraph Delivery of Newfoundland

One of Holly's biggest requests for our trip to Newfoundland was that we get to see a puffin. Well, I located a perfect spot in a little town called Elliston. They have a place called Bird Island where hundreds of the comical little creature come each year to mate. They are here for just a few short months and the balance of the year is spent our at sea. Most puffin viewings are done by taking a boat tour but in Elliston you can get to within 20' of so if you are calm and sitting. We ended up with close to 50 of these little guys flying around us.

Flower Delivery

This is another puffin from Elliston. It looks to me like it's saying "I just want to deliver these flowers but I can't find the address". I'm not sure if it's the same bird as the previous image because there were 30-40 or so running all over the place.

A Little Workhorse

Sitting among the big boys. I took this photograph on a foggy morning in the downtown harbor area of Port au Choix, Newfoundland. In the background are the large fishing and shrimp boats. My focus was this little workhorse and the way in which it was tied to the dock. The lifeblood of Newfoundland is their fishing industry and, while there, we ate fresh fish six days a week.

Port au Choix Harbor

This is another take on the harbor area on a foggy morning. Take notice to the little "Piggyback" boat that is on the stern of the boat on the right hand side of the frame. This is a netting vessel and the little boat is deployed to drag the net around the school of fish so they can be hauled in for capture.

Durrells Arm Cove

Just one of so many great coves of Newfoundland. These naturally occurring coves are where the little villages spring up because they provide safe harborage from the sea as well as the much needed access for fishing, lobster trapping, etc.

Durrell Arm Cove II

This is another photograph of the cove with a different perspective. I really enjoy the way they construct their docks along with the colors of their dock structures.

Booms-Up on the Jenny Dion

This is another scene from my morning at the Port au Choix harbor. The foggy morning gives me the feeling that I need to process these in black & white.

St. John's Newfoundland

Where even the cars are brightly colored. This is the historic area of St. John's and I was so amazed to see wooden row house after wooden row house all over the area with each painted a different color with most of those colors being vibrant. The city is alive with activity including a very active shipping port. The side street off the main are so steep that they are difficult to walk up and down yet they drive on these in their harsh winters. We really enjoyed it and hope to get back again someday.

Dry Dock

Taken in Port au Choix, Newfoundland. There are so many of these little coves around the perimeter of Newfoundland and we did our best to hit as many of them as time permitted. We actually stayed in Port au Choix for three nights so I got to see this scene numerous times.

Incoming on Bird Island

More of those comical little Puffin on Bird Island in Elliston, Newfoundland.

Outgoing on Bird Island

More of those comical little Puffin on Bird Island in Elliston, Newfoundland.

What a Pair

The Atlantic Puffin.

Here's Lookin' at you Kid

More of the Puffins of Elliston. Fantastic little birds...!

Hey, Look at Me

So proud of his flower. It looks like he's saying "Hey, look at me". Puffin of Bird Island, Elliston, Newfoundland.

Rose Blanche Harbor

We found this lovely scene during our first day of touring Newfoundland. I fell in love with the scenery and realized that we were in for a treat as we still had over five weeks of touring ahead of us.

The Clothesline

Located in the little town of Harbor Le Cou, this "Clothesline" caught my eye. The Amish use this technique in Pennsylvania and we found that many Newfoundlanders use the same method to dry their clothing. With the help of a couple pulleys they are able to load and retrieve all of their laundry from one spot. Some even building little step out additions to their decks for their laundry hanging chores.

Life on The Rock

Many a Newfoundlander call their island "The Rock". This photograph which overlooks the harbor area of Rose Blanche-Harbour le Cou is a good example of why. You don't see much farmland due to the lack of open field areas though many have their own summer gardens.

Tea Time

I took this photograph from the inside of the Rose Blanche Lighthouse. The table was set for two and, although it looks inviting, it was just a display to give an example of how the light-keeper lived. This is a granite lighthouse that was built in 1871 with stone from a nearby quarry. I'll be posting some photographs of the lighthouse soon.

Rose Blanche Lighthouse

Originally built in 1871 with granite from a local stone quarry. It was in operation from 1873 to the 1940's with a 4th order dioptric light that could be seen from a distance of 21 kms in clear weather. It fell into ruins after it was abandoned in the 1940's but was reconstructed in 1999 and now houses a 6th order Fresnel lens that is believed to be one of only 27 in existence today. Needless to say I took many photographs of this lighthouse. You must add this to your list of places to see in Newfoundland.

The Granite Gem

The Rose Blanche Lighthouse up close.

The Light

Of the Rose Blanche Lighthouse.

Shoal Tickle

This is a scene taken from the shoreline of Twillingate looking over the canal toward North Twillingate. The canal is named "Shoal Tickle". I caught it as the sun was lowering in the sky and the day was coming to an end. The small motor boats were all tied and waiting for their busy day ahead.

Long Point Lighthouse

I took numerous photographs of this particular lighthouse and this was one of my favorites. It was hard to capture the image I wanted without having any people in the frame.

Lonesome

This little rowboat caught my attention as the sun was going down over the harbor area of Twillingate. It looked lonesome as it was moored all by itself. I typically do not center my subject in the frame but it just felt right to so so on this image.

North Twillingate Harbor

Taken on July 29th as the sun was low on the horizon.

North Twillingate Harbor II

Taken on July 29th as the sun was low on the horizon.

The Rugged Shoreline of Newfoundland

This was taken during our hike of French Cove in Twillingate and it was our first real experience of "the rugged shoreline of Newfoundland".

Terra Nova National Park of Canada

Taken from the top of a small round mountain and looking out over Broad Cove and Sandy Island.

The Steps of Terra Nova

This was taken during one of our daily hikes. The little piece of stairway caught my eye as we hiked toward it.

Standing Guard

My alarm went off at 4am this morning and by 4:19 I was on my bicycle with my camera, my 17-35 mm lens and my 28-300 mm lens. Off I heading for a 6 mile ride in the dark to Gordons Pond. Yes, I had a headlight and tail light to allow traffic to see me and to light my path. I couldn't take my tripod so I adjusted my ISO to allow me to shoot at 1/80 of a second. The photograph includes both of the WWII Observation Towers that sit on the beach between Lewes & Rehoboth. The bird was a lovely addition.

Low Water

Taken before sunrise at Gordons Pond in the Cape Henlopen State Park. I had to shoot hand held so I increased the ISO to 4000 which enabled me to shoot at 1/20th of a second.

The Pole Sitter

Every time I went out kayaking in Cedar Key this past winter there was a cormorant sitting on this pole. To me it always looked like it was the same bird. In this photograph it looks like he's about to take off but if you would see my next few photographs in that series you would find that he was actually getting ready to go to the bathroom. I won't post that image. I'm going to save it for a birthday card.

The Waterman's Office

I took this photograph back on February 5th from my kayak on the back waters of Cedar Key. I enjoy watching all the watermen of the area doing their preparations, launching their boats, coming back with their days bounty and just doing their daily duties around town. It's extra special to see it all from the water.

2nd to Last

I took this just after the sun set behind the horizon from our campsite in Cedar Key on February 13th of this year. It was our "2nd to Last" night at Sunset Isle Campground. We look forward to going back again next year.

C Street View

I took this photograph as I was walking out C Street and the day was coming to an end. The far structure is what remains of the Honeymoon Cottage. The width-wise streets of Cedar Key are 1st through 9th with the length-wise streets being A through G and there's not a single red light in town. It's all part of what makes this place a gem.

Comin' Home

I took this photograph this past February in Cedar Key. My goal was to capture the Honeymoon Cottage in silhouette as the sun was setting behind and, to my pleasure this fisherman decided to cross in the foreground.

Palm Silhouettes

This is another photograph from early February in Cedar Key.

Fisherman in the Background

An important part of taking a photograph is considering what is in the background and how do you want it to appear. I saw this scene when kayaking in Cedar Key during our winter road trip and I really wanted that guy in the overalls to be part of the image but I wanted him to be out of focus because he was not my actual subject. I achieve this by setting my camera to an aperture of 5/6. With this setting you can still tell what it is but you have to look a bit close. The main feature of this blurry background (bokeh) is to have your subject stand out. Thus meet my subject... the brown pelican.

Going Fishing Anyway

I took this from the town pier located on Dock Street in Cedar Key. As you can see it was a dense fog but these three guys were "Going Fishing Anyway". When many awake to a foggy day they can feel depressed or uninspired to spend time outdoors. For me, I get excited knowing that I can shoot as long as the fog remains and capture some wonderful photographs.

Honeymoon Cottage

Of Cedar Key. As it slowly fades away the Thomas Guest House, otherwise know as the Honeymoon Cottage is an icon of the town of Cedar Key. I first photographed it last year and I captured it with a quarter-moon in the background and a purplish, cloudy sky. This year I caught it on a foggy morning. The only residents of the Honeymoon Cottage these days are the shorebirds who roost and perch on the remains of the structure. My goal is to keep shooting photographs of this structure on a yearly basis until it is no more.

Light Beams of Tybee Island

We are home from our winter road trip and I'm just starting to work my way through the photographs that I took during our travels. This is one that I was anxious to see. It was a 30 second exposure of the Tybee Island Lighthouse on a misty and foggy night. I was captivated by the light beams being cast from the lighthouse due to all the moisture in the air. We truly enjoyed Tybee Island and we'll definitely be stopping here again in the future. It's nice to be back home.

Roseate's Aplenty

Taken in the back bay area of Cedar Key Florida during our 2019 winter road trip.

Roseate Spoonbill

There are many reasons why Holly and I like Cedar Key and the Roseate Spoonbills are certainly one of them. We live in an area where we see many shorebirds and migrating birds but not these guys. They are a treat to watch as they feed in the shallow waters of the back bay area. This was taken during our recent road trip.

Showing Off

I can just hear the Brown pelican in the foreground saying "Don't pay any attention to those idiots in the background. They are trying to take the focus off of me". My concentration was on that beautiful green eye.

Whelk

Of Cape Henlopen. Taken during our recent hike around the point.

In the Froth

Taken during our morning walk around the point at the Cape Henlopen State Park. It's a true gem of a walk that's probably about 2 1/2 miles and you will see so many wonderful sites. It's best to go at mid to low tide. 

Night Sky of the Suwannee

I took this photograph at the marina area of the "Shell Mound". The Suwannee River is at my back and this is looking out over the bay area. I wanted a totally dark sky, however, the lights of the towns at the horizon crept into my image adding that orangish glow. 

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