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Whale Watching at Bay Bulls and Gull Island, Newfoundland

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

We were treated to rare whale breaching (leaping out of the water) yesterday in Bay Bulls. 80,000 pound whales were in the air.

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The aptly named Gull Island is host to seagulls and 250,000 nearly flightless puffins who bury their eggs 6 feet underground.

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The Rock – video stills

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Shot across Newfoundland’s magical Northeast Coast and featuring the ice cold North Atlantic, my new work in progress…

Jillian McDonald

Jillian McDonald

Jillian McDonald

Jillian McDonald

Sheep meadow, Upper Island Cove, NL

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

More productions shots, masquerading as tourist photos.

upper island cove

Every time I have been here (over the past 4 years) there is an appliance or car part in this location, which is difficult to get to via meadow, the way I arrived – my amateur anthropological skills lead me to conclude there is a local custom of pitching broken possessions off the cliff. I am unsure whether this practice is related to the presence of Labatt’s cans, also found at this location.
upper island cove

upper island cove

upper island cove

upper island cove

Sheep conference, the purpose of which will be revealed…
upper island cove

Directly opposite from the sheep, their ocean view. You can’t tell in this photo but there were whales surfacing here.
upper island cove

upper island cove

I am trying to appear disinterested, the sheep are not. There are at least three in this photo, you can see their ears over the hill line. They were watching me like hawks, or like sheep.
upper island cove

upper island cove

upper island cove

upper island cove

upper island cove

These sheep watched me boldly as I approached, then headed straight for me, I bolted. I know they are vegetarians, but that wouldn’t stop them from running me off the cliff. And who would hear me scream, besides the other sheep, whales, seagulls, mice, wildflowers, and a pony?
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Even more sheep when I turned the corner. I can hear them bleating in every direction.
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And over a cliff was the largest gathering.
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Suddenly they all stood up and started to chase me, the whole gaggle, pod, herd, fleet, flock, GANG, what do you call them, murder? I hightailed it out of there, precariously with gear through swamp and over unstable rocks.
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The pitcher plant, which I know grows here, eludes me…

Conception Bay, NL

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Upper Island Cove and Bishops Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Spaniards Bay, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Holyrood, NL

Upper Island Cove, NL

Mad Rocks Heritage Trail, Bay Roberts, NL

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

bay roberts

bay roberts

bay roberts

bay roberts

bay roberts

bay roberts

bay roberts

bay roberts

bay roberts

Harbour Grace / Upper Island Cove

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Harbour Grace, NL – fog, ship, icebergs

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harbour grace
harbour grace
harbour grace
harbour grace

Upper Island Cove, NL – fog, whales

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upper island cove
upper island cove

Bonavista and Tilting, NL

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

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bonavista

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bonavista

bonavista

bonavista

bonavista

Belle Island

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Just over the hill behind the lighthouse. Also spotted from another part of the island – icebergs way in the distance…

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Northeast Trail, Battery Road to Signal Hill, St John’s, NL

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

At the risk of angering my relatives, I admit freely, “gorgeous day but I miss the fog terribly”. Location-scouting for ghostly video is no fun with the sun on. Using my imagination to picture these locations in fog, or at least under grey skies.

Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail

This one might not look like much, but from the crevasse came the sounds of the ocean. Note to self – climb up again and record some audio!
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail
Northeast Trail

Quidi Vidi

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Gorgeous day in Quidi Vidi Fishing Village and Battery-cum-tourist stop, also head of Cuckold’s hiking trail.

Quidi Vidi
Quidi Vidi
Quidi Vidi