Lloyd's Newfoundland Photos
- Name: Lloyd
My home is in Chamberlains, CBS, Newfoundland: a place close enough to sea so that I can go there to watch the glorious sunsets over the bay, and the other infinite variety of sights and sounds that are forever changing, yet forever the same. I'm not as young as I used to be and don't get around much any more, but I've had many wonderful hours of enjoyment with my Yasihca 44 TLR and trusty old OM-2. I've always enjoyed photographing wild flowers, particularly the smaller ones, many of which , albeit mostly overlooked and dismissed as weeds, are exquisitely beautiful. Digital photography, complete with all the magic of its own portable darkroom, has brought a new dimension to the hobby. My OM-2 is retired now, but it is such a beautiful instrument, such a joy to hold and behold, that I don't think I will ever want to part with it. My digital, used mostly, is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30. Its 35-420 mm Leica zoom lens can really reach out for those hard to reach shots. My photographs are strictly amateurish, but hopefully some have succeeded in capturing something of the moment that inspired them.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
A view of the house of James Pitts, built c. 1780: the first real house to be built on Bell Island. This photo was taken c. 1900 while the house was still being occupied by his granddaughter, Frances. James was the first permanent settler in Lance Cove. Perhaps the greatest legacy of this man is that he inspired a community that never became captive to the cruel truck system that was the bane of so many of the early settlers. Pitts' hill is an icon , representing the highest of our mortal dreams and aspirations. Somehow, it seems to me, that an out-house, even with the best of intentions, falls somewhat short in symbolizing those ideals. For more information on the Pitts' Hill legacy, click on this link. http://us.geocities.com/lancecovesettlement/index.html
James jr. is the grandfather of James Stewart of St, John's fame. This lovely old house was built c. 1810 , just across the road from his father's place. Pitts' Hill is reeking in history. Here was set the standard that was to be the inspiration of what is arguably the most industrious and most prosperous settlement in the country at that time. Of even greater significance was the absence here of religious intolerance, a rare and wonderful occurrence to which the old pioneer cemetery on the cliffside bears moving testimony. Surely such a special spot deserves some better memorial than a concrete-block public outhouse.
View of the community bandstand against a background of the Seamen's Memorial and a recently excavated recreational gravel-pit. Ironically, in this scene is also a remnant of the home of John Pitts . 1783-1805, (little blue bungalow): the oldest remaining relic of Lance Cove's glory days. Soon the campers will be dragged in and parked along the seashore and the silence once again rent by the raucous cacophony of the merrymakers' shindigs. At the top of the hill the old pioneers sleep, blissfully unaware , we hope, of their dreams having come to such an end.