Couple more from Newfoundland…

On our last day in Newfoundland, there was a heavy rainfall warning in effect. But, not wanting to sit around all day we decided to brave the elements and head north a bit to Elliston where we had learned that there was a Puffin sanctuary on a small island just offshore but still within photo range (it couldn’t have been more than 70 feet from it’s closest point to shore). We got there and the forecast deluge was in full swing. Torrential is the word I’m looking for. Gauging how wet were going to get,  Cindy decided she wanted to see the puffins precisely bad enough to leave the shelter of the car. We both had rain coats and I had brought the rain enclosure for my camera gear,  so I hoped I might get at least one shot without getting too wet. Our pants were soaked in moments. But, we gamely trudged up the rocky hill and out towards the cliff that overlooked “Puffin Island”. I quickly set up my tripod and fired off a few pictures with no real expectation they were any good (I needed a little bigger lens for shooting birds at that distance). On our way back, we noticed some information signs informing visitors that Elliston was the “Root Cellar Capital of the World”. With no way to effectively dig into the ground, settlers had to build there own root cellars above ground in order to store food to survive the long, harsh winters of Newfoundland. These things are centuries old and many are still in use. There are at least 150 in the area, seemingly scattered haphazardly everywhere, most no where near any houses. Anyway, I got a picture of one because they reminded me of Hobbit holes.

 

Puffins (Elliston Sanctuary)

Puffins (Elliston Sanctuary)

Root Cellar in Elliston

Root Cellar in Elliston

About Rob

I'm a professional Webmaster and Web Apps Developer. I do it because I can and the pay is decent; I don't like it much but it pays the bills. Like most people, my job isn't my passion, and I struggle every day trying to figure out a way to get paid well enough to do what I really want to do, so I can quit my regular job. For me, my passion lies in two areas. In order of preference, I'd rather be a novelist and/or a photographer. It's exceedingly difficult to be a novelist...or, at least, a successful one. So, that one will be much more difficult to achieve. But, I love writing, so, whether or not I'm successful, I'll probably keep writing regardless. I already have a side business as a photographer, but shooting weddings isn't exactly what I had in mind. But, it's gotta start somewhere, right?
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