Gros Morne, July 31st

August 17, 2016  •  9 Comments

We actually got to sleep in this morning and met at 6 AM instead of 5.30!  We were headed to Woody Point and the Tablelands for the day.

20150731_Newfoundland_000220150731_Newfoundland_0002 On the way we stopped to take a few photos.

20150731_Newfoundland_000720150731_Newfoundland_0007 Woody Point is a town located in the heart of Gros Morne National Park.  The town is a registered Heritage District with a population of approximately 280 people

20150731_Newfoundland_000820150731_Newfoundland_0008 Europeans were slow to settle the west coast of Newfoundland.  The British were concentrated on the east coast and the French were on the Grand Banks.  In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht gave the French some land on the west coast which was extended in 1783 to the entire coast. British settlement also spread and by 1800 the first British settlement in the Bonne Bay area occurred in Woody Point.  When fisherman began to stay during the winter rather than return to England,  a basis for permanent establishment was laid.  By 1904, the French had left the area to pursue fisheries farther up the coast.  By this time Woody Point was bustling.  It was pretty much considered the capital of the area with banking and customs offices, merchants and a harbour full of domestic and foreign vessels.  In 1922, when the town was at its height of commercial success, a devastating fire broke out and 58 buildings were destroyed.  The town never recovered to its  prior bustling state.

20150731_Newfoundland_001020150731_Newfoundland_0010 Our group wandered around the town after breakfast.

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20150731_Newfoundland_001220150731_Newfoundland_0012 The Woody Point lighthouse was built in 1919.

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20150731_Newfoundland_002020150731_Newfoundland_0020 After exploring Woody Point and eating breakfast our group drove to the Tablelands.   If you remember, I took a photo of the Tablelands my first morning in Gros Morne.  Today we actually spent quite a few hours exploring the area.  After driving on the highway, we suddenly came across a desert-like landscape with little vegetation.

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20150731_Newfoundland_002220150731_Newfoundland_0022 The ultramafic rock (peridotite) makes this place look pretty barren.  As mentioned in an earlier blog, the Tablelands is one of the few places in the world where you can see the exposed earth's mantel.  The rock was forced up to the surface millions of years ago during a plate collision and peridotite lacks the nutrients which allow plants to grow.  Apparently because of this, there is virtually no wildlife in this area of the park.

20150731_Newfoundland_002320150731_Newfoundland_0023 There were great clouds today.

20150731_Newfoundland_002420150731_Newfoundland_0024 Jenny walking along the trail.

20150731_Newfoundland_002520150731_Newfoundland_0025 Georgia was another member of our group.

20150731_Newfoundland_003420150731_Newfoundland_0034 A closeup view of one of the waterfalls.

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20150731_Newfoundland_003820150731_Newfoundland_0038 Bruce, another member of the group.

20150731_Newfoundland_004020150731_Newfoundland_0040 A couple of hikers who I met on the "trail".  Half  of our group went back to Woody Point while I stayed  with the other half to do some hiking.  

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20150731_Newfoundland_000120150731_Newfoundland_0001 Georgia and Ivan

20150731_Newfoundland_004720150731_Newfoundland_0047 Heading back to the parking lot.

20150731_Newfoundland_004920150731_Newfoundland_0049 After hiking in the Tablelands we returned to Woody Point.  This photo is of one of the colorful buildings in town.

20150731_Newfoundland_005020150731_Newfoundland_0050 While walking around later in ​the town I came across this "moving play" where actors were reading scripts while walking through the town, something I had never come across before.

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20150731_Newfoundland_005620150731_Newfoundland_0056 On the way back to Rocky Harbour, we stopped at a beach south of Green Point to watch and photograph the sunset.

20150731_Newfoundland_005720150731_Newfoundland_0057 It is all about the rocks in Gros Morne.

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Comments

9.Carol(non-registered)
I loved the pictures. It really gave me a feel for the area. The sunsets and rocks were fabulous. I especially liked the black and whites-very dramatic!
8.Gerda Grice(non-registered)
Excellent photos and interesting and helpful text, Marsha.
7.Craig Sundby(non-registered)
These historic fishing villages seem so appealing. Living on the west coast it's difficult to get motivated to go to another coast, but you make it so attractive. I have to get there one day. Interesting about the Tablelands. So barren. They seem so unexpected in an area like that. Nice job on the B&Ws, I really enjoyed those.
6.Doris(non-registered)
Fabulous photos as usual and such an interesting fact-filled essay! Thanks! I was there several years ago before I as more "serious" as a photographer but we probably just saw a small area and didn't go deep into the park. I LOVED the b/w waterfall. It was so dramatic, softness of water and the rocks that was really emphasized by your treatment. The hat and coat was also so special - detail most would walk past but you were able to make art out of them!
5.luba(non-registered)
You bring back memories! I want to go back!
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