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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Root Cellar Capital of the World

Yes, there is such a thing and I have been there! Elliston has 135 documented root cellars, some of which are almost 200 years old. In a region where growing anything was hard, root cellars allowed the precious crops to be stored through the long winters.

The two root cellars above are in Elliston, but my favorite is the one on the left, in Twillingate. It looks like a hobbit hole.

Random building break

This is completely out of sequence, but I found it in the latest batch of photos from Gros Morne National Park that I was processing today. I do love lonely buildings on the water, and Newfoundland has so many.

Two more looks at Terra Nova National Park

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A slightly different view

Terra Nova National Park is located along Bonavista Bay, not far from the rugged coast at the cape. But inland the land feels very different -- forest sloping down to long bays.

Astronomy Tuesday

A beautifully detailed closeup of galaxy Messier 61.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, ESO, Amateur Data; Processing and Copyright: Robert Gendler and Roberto Colombari

Monday, September 16, 2019

Dungeon Provincial Park

These two caves were part of a larger cave that eventually got so big, the roof collapsed, leaving a sinkhole with two picturesque outlets to the sea.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday bird blogging

It turns out I can always stand to have more pictures of puffins in my life.

Another red building

I don't know what this building was -- the state of the fence makes it look abandoned. It was down a steep path to one side of the lighthouse.

Why they needed a lighthouse, part 2

More of the beautiful coastline. 

Cape Bonavista is where John Cabot is believed to have landed in 1497, the first European to visit mainland North America since the Vikings. I'm in awe of the courage of early seafarers, setting out in tiny boats with only the stars to guide them and no real idea of where they were going or how long it might take to get there.

The 1497 voyage made Cabot famous, and he quickly planned a followup. He left Bristol with five ships in 1498 and never returned.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Why they needed a lighthouse

Some of the beautiful, but rocky, coast below the Bonavista lighthouse.

Bonavista lighthouse

Before all the lighthouses were automated, lighthouse keeper was a much sought-after career in Newfoundland. For one thing, it paid cash in what was mostly a barter economy.

It wasn't an easy job. At this particular lighthouse, the mechanism turning the wheel of lights was controlled by a counterweight. It took fifteen minutes to crank the counterweight all the way up, and it had to be done every two hours, all night long, 365 days a year.

Two last pictures from Trinity

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