Sunday, 10 June 2012


Andrea Carver, and a fellow hiker friend, Helen, are here in, Newfoundland & Labrador, visiting from Calgary, Alberta.  Here, in Ferryland, they stop for a packed-lunch break on the very edge of a daunting precipice with a long drop to the, craggy, shore-lined rocks, below.  Little did the ladies know, what a stupendous show they were about to take in, while they enjoyed their respite.  It isn't uncommon to see icebergs along our, Eastern, North Atlantic Coastline, this time of year.
However, these ladies timing could not have been better placed. For as they sat to enjoy their luncheon view, a climber departed from a small two person dingy boat, and proceeded to mount the side of the massive iceberg before them.  Using ice picks, the iceberg climber/jumper assented to the top.  Once summited, he wandered around on the icy surroundings a bit, and surveyed his now, new launch platform!  Because folks, what goes up, must come down.  And come down our ice climber did, in spectacular fashion!  He walked to the edge, and looked down, (this would be enough right there for most of us to hail a SAR helicopter), but not our climber, he calmly walked back, paused for only a second and then, without hesitation, made a brisk walk to the edge and with ice picks raised in the air as if in a sign of triumphant victory, leapt from the edge and free-fell to the icy, specular, cold North Atlantic Ocean.  The audience waited with baited breath and a moment later our helmet-clad, wet-suited, human of skill and brave-heart, bobbed to the surface.   Timing, is everything when you to sit to have your lunch along our, East Coast Trail, and for our visiting friends from Alberta, who sat down to enjoy theirs, it could not have been better.  

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Cape St. Mary's, Ecological Reserve

Today, I will be going back in time a couple of weeks to a road-trip to Cape St. Mary's, Newfoundland.  Located on the Southwest protrusion of Avalon Peninsula, Cape St. Mary's, is a hotspot this time of year for a lot of, seafaring birds.  Gannets are what I went to see, and see them I did.  Bird Rock, is about a half an hour trek over very easy walking terrain and is nothing short of AMAZING!  With 11'000+ nesting pairs of Northern Gannets.  10'000 nesting pairs of, Common Murres, 10'000+ nesting pairs of Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills of 150+ nesting pairs, Black Guillemots of 60+ nesting pairs, and Thick-Billed Murres at 1000+ nesting pairs…well, throw in the common, visitor/breeder Cormorants, and Humpback Whales, and you have a spectacle to truly behold!  The collective sounds emitting from the cliffside's that rise from the Cold North Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of feet below, is simply breathtaking and frightening at the same time.  Here are a few of the photos I snapped that day, two weekends ago.