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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.

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.

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Blogger David c.h. Brown said...

Hi Lloyd,
I just clicked on the link you provided, and spent an hour or so delving into your family history that you authored. The old B & W photographs were fantastic. What a wonderful piece of work. Bravo to you sir! Dave

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