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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.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This is the real McCoy, an authentic Newfoundland "motorboat" , powered by a 6 1/2 hp Acadia make an'break engine, and built by an elder craftsman in Trinity. This is a unique Newfoundland design, developed and honed by many generations of Newfoundland fisherman This is a skill that will be lost to the new Newfoundland generations who must comply with the utterly stupid DFO regulations which result in fishermen having to go to sea in ugly ducklings and floating coffins. Perhaps there is nothing that can better illustrate the absurdity of Newfoundland being governed by Ottawa.

A couple of summers ago I had occasion to visit the boat museum in Winterton. I couldn't believe what they have on display there as a Newfoundland motor-boat. This is a band-saw job, and no more like a real Nfld. boat than Buggs Bunny is like a rabbit. Perhaps they intended this only as a mock-up to con the tourists. However, It is an embarrassment to have this in a museum. Surely the genuine article would be more apropos. Thanks to people like Max Clark who provide a market and encouragement, there will be reason to keep the old traditional craft alive and boat builders occupied until they
too pass away.
I did not take this photo; it was given to me by Max It was taken in Trinity .


Anonymous Enid said...

I recognized this point of land.
I could probably guess who built the boat as well.
Looking at a boat like that takes me back...with a "homesick" feeling.
Thanks for sharing the "spruce buds" also.

8:21:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...


Those boats and others of their kin: rodney, skiff, and punt , are tue works of art. Things of beauty!!

8:50:00 PM  
Blogger David c.h. Brown said...

When I was about 9 years old, my Dad and I built a punt. The launching of her was a memory that I will always cherish. Thanks for this Lloyd. Dave

11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

I loved those little rodneys.
always wished I could own one. Paddled many times around various harbours and across some tickles in one of them. They had beautiful lines, like a beautiful woman. :o)

9:02:00 PM  

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