Towards the end of August, we went to Newfoundland, a large island off Eastern Canada. Newfoundland is surprisingly large, to the extent that it would take three weeks or more to really explore the whole island. With just a week, we decided to split our time between St. John's, the capital of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Terra Nova National Park, just past the Bonavista Peninsula. This turned out to be quite enough driving, with the West Coast quite out of reasonable reach.
We were hoping to escape the Summer heat and humidity of Boston. Newfoundland was having a bit of heat wave that week, with temperatures in the low 20's Celcius, or 70's Fahrenheit. We did get a little rain, but mostly when we were driving, which was OK. We did see whales, lots of puffins, and bald eagles, and of course many trees and ponds. Unfortunately we missed the icebergs, which are mostly a Spring and early Summer phenomenon.
I've organized the pictures into the following sections:
- St. John's, the "big" town, where we stayed in a Bed & Breakfast in an old house.
- A trip on a whale-watcher boat, from Baie Bulls south of St. John's.
- Brigus and Cupids, a couple of villages on the way to Terra Nova.
- The village of Charlottetown and the area around, in the middle of Terra Nova National Park, and containing our motel.
- Around Newman Sound, including some Bald Eagles!
- The charming village of Trinity, on the Bonavista Peninsula, a detour on our way back to St. John's.
- And finally Cape Spear, the easternmost point on the North American continent, just to the southeast of St. John's.
These pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 10D digital SLR camera. I took 582 pictures over 7 days, totalling 1.3 GB, using a Sima Image Bank to download images from a 1 GB Microdrive. From these, I selected down to the images shown in these pages. Color balancing, cropping, etc. were done with Adobe Lightroom.
I enjoyed using the 10D, using the new 17-40/4L lens for wide-angle-to-normal shots, the 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 for fast, short telephotos, and the big, fast 70-200/2.8L for longer telephoto shots. (Taking into account the 10D's 1.6x focal length multiplier, given it's less-than-full-frame sensor.) Relative to a fixed-lens "point-and-shoot" camera, carrying a heavy camera bag and needing to switch lenses is a drag, but one does gain a lot of versatility, and the SLR equipment is much better for fast action, such as bald eagles on the wing!.