On July 24th, 2015 I flew to Deer Lake, Newfoundland to start my photography tour. Richard Martin (richardmartinphoto.com) was the trip leader. I had travelled to Cuba with him before and was really looking forward to meeting up with him again. I was hopeful that I would be inspired by his creativity and vision. There were nine photographers (eight from Ontario and one from New York) plus Richard. We spent eight days in Gros Morne National Park staying in log cabins in the town of Rocky Harbour. Initially, I was thinking that it might be too long to spend in one place, however I found that with the constant changing light and weather conditions it was just right. Even going back to the same place several times, it was always different. Of course it would have been nice to see more of Newfoundland so I'm hoping that Richard will offer a reunion tour of a different area.
I have included a map of Newfoundland. Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province in Canada. The Island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador has a combined area of 405,212 square kilometres (156,500 sq mi) and a population of approximately 526,000 as of 2013. Given Newfoundland's size there is no way that you can see the Island in one week. A former colony and dominion of England, Newfoundland and Labrador became the tenth province on March 31st, 1949. In 2001, an amendment was made to the Constitution of Canada to change the province's official name to Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John's is the capital of the province.
I have included a small map showing where the group spent their time. I flew into Deer Lake which is a non-stop three hour flight from Toronto. After arriving at the small and efficient airport, Richard and Jenny each rented SUV's and five of us who had travelled together from Toronto drove to Rocky Harbour. The drive was only about 45 minutes. You can see that Rocky Harbour is almost in the middle of the park. We stayed at Gros Morne Cabins, right on the ocean. Each of the modern cottages contained a fully equipped kitchen, TV's (not that I turned it on) and wireless internet (which worked well).
The actual tour did not start until dinner time on July 25th but that didn't stop Richard from leading a sunrise shoot at 5.30 AM for anyone who was interested. This is a photograph of Gros Morne Tablelands taken at the overlook. The Tablelands is actually one of the few places in the world where you can see the exposed earth's mantle. I know very little about geography but this is what I was able to find out from Wikipedia " The interior of the Earth, similar to tother terrestrial planets, is chemically divided into layers. The mantle is a layer between the crust and the outer core. The earth's mantle is a silicate rocky shell with an average thickness of 2,886 kilometres. The mantel makes up about 84% of Earth's volume. In some places under the ocean the mantle is actually exposed on the surface of the earth. There are also a few places inland where mantel rock has been pushed to the surface by tectonic activity, most notably the Tablelands region of Gros Morne National Park"
We arrived at Norris Point and spent a couple of hours photographing from the town and the beach.
Norris Point is located on the northern side of Bonne Bay and is named after one of its first settlers, Neddy Norris, who came to the area with his wife and children between 1789 an 1790. It was a small town with a few businesses and a very modern marine biology centre.
What I mostly remember about this place was its gorgeous scenery first thing in the morning.
I hiked up a hill for a different view. You can see some houses of the town.
In 1987, the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its geological history and its exceptional scenery. Eventually the light got too bright so we headed back to Rocky Harbour for breakfast and then a nap.
We met up again in the afternoon. Richard was making a couple of trips to the airport to pick up other members arriving at different times. Before heading out to a beach for an afternoon shoot, we noticed laundry blowing in the wind outside of the laundromat where we stayed. It was a fun spot to photograph.
The cabins were situated on the main road of the town. I wonder what the people thought as they drove and walked by of a bunch of people in all different positions taking photographs of laundry.
After leaving the laundry, we headed over to "no-name" Beach. The light was terrible- very harsh so it was really more of a scouting trip. The weather was a little cool but sunny. I ended up taking a few photographs but then I found some really nice comfortable, warm rocks to sit on and just enjoy the ocean. The photo above is a close up one of one of the rocks on the beach. Photographing in Gros Morne Park was often all about the rocks.
After dinner the group went on its own. Richard left for the airport to pick up the last two people in the group while Bruce and I went for a hike in town. We were hoping to get a great sunset which was going to be a real challenge since there wasn't a cloud in the sky. There was hike that went past a cemetery and had a great view of the ocean and a lighthouse in the distance.
You can see the cemetery in the distance.
The next few shots were taken just outside of our cabins. The Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse is in the distance.
The last shot of the night.