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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.

Monday, November 09, 2009

It was at the end of their 1939 visit to Canada and Newfoundland. They are shown here on the deck of the Maneco, Portugal Cove, waiting to be transported to their yacht anchored in the bay. I was only 12 years old but I remember it in every detail, maybe because it was one of those few times when my dad took a day off work. We all arrived in Portugal Cove to witness the event.
It was a lousy day, rdf. I recall that after the royal couple boarded the Maneco, some of the locals turned up with axes to chop their foot-prints from the wharf planks.
Only a short time later did they prove the worthiness of the affection that was poured upon them. During the height of the blitz, they remained in London rather than seek refuge in some more secure place.
In every respect , they were true role models. How times have changed!! Royalty, rather than being an inspiration, have become an embarrassment.

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