affectionately as “The Rock,” and loaded with history that pre-dates
Columbus’ discovery of the New World, Newfoundland is the piece of the North
American continent that sees the first light of each day.
Avalon coast extends south from St.
Johns, and it is jagged with inlets and harbors that support small friendly
communities. The land is rugged and
the people are gentle. It is some
of the most scenic land anywhere, and it is perhaps the least crowded seacoast
anywhere in America.
tour will be a week of exploration along the Avalon coast.
The primary purpose may be photography, but we’ll also sample the
culture and the Irish flavor of the food, music and pastimes.
You will come home with new words in your vocabulary, and you will even
have learned how to play Auction – (don’t ask;
it’s too difficult to explain). Best
of all you will come home with a treasure chest of fine photographs and the
memories that will give them magic.
week on the East coast of Newfoundland will be spent discovering with the
camera. We’ll hike to the top of
the “Gaze”, for a panoramic view of the coastline north and south.
And we’ll hike along a portion of the East Coast Trail.
That will bring us to places of unlimited photographic opportunity.
will spend a day photographing at the lighthouse, which sits on a bluff
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Mid-day,
we’ll enjoy a catered picnic lunch. Point
your camera in any direction from this spot, and you’ll find a reason to click
the shutter. The whales may be
feeding in the bay. Puffins will
certainly be skimming across the surface of the water.
And Arctic Terns will be gliding in the updrafts along the cliffs.
day will be spent on a cruise aboard a crab boat.
Hopefully we’ll see whales up close; but even if the whales aren’t
in, we’ll see coastline that we couldn’t see any other way.
the town of Ferryland the Colony of Avalon archaeological site and museum will
stretch our imaginations back 400 years to the time when Lord Baltimore walked
on the downs. Our schedule will be
open and relaxed enough to allow everyone ample time for personal exploration.
end up the week in St. John’s, spending Friday afternoon and evening
photographing around the city and around the harbor.
Those with later flights will be able to get up at the crack of dawn on
Saturday morning, and photograph daybreak behind Signal Hill—the spot where
Marconi received the first radio signals from Europe.
Our lodging will be at a Bed and Breakfast, a converted nunnery, that is
adjacent to Holy Trinity Church. That’s
where we’ll take our main meals and where we’ll have the “indoor” part
of the photographic instruction. The
rooms are comfortable, some singles, some doubles, some with, and some without
private bath. When you reserve your
spot on the tour, you can make a request for the type of room you’d like.
Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Photographic instruction will be a major part of our activities.
We will hold group sessions
to introduce upcoming activities and to discuss photographic techniques.
These sessions will be done with the aid of a digital projector and
computer. For those with digital
equipment we will be able to download images to computers for projection and
discussion by the group. Film
photographers will be a bit more limited, because we will not have facilities
available for film processing during the week.
In the field, the instruction will take the form of coaching, to help
everyone visualize the photographic possibilities in the scenes before us.
Experts and beginners alike will find this useful.
There will also be scheduled times for individual instruction, and review
of images. We want everyone to come
home with wonderful photographs, and we’ll work hard to make that happen.
The guides for the week, aside from the photography instruction, will be
Art and Sheila Barlow. Sheila was
born at Calvert, just one inlet north of Ferryland; she is a true native.
Art is one of the great storytellers of all time, and he has made
Newfoundland a personal study over the past 35 years.
With these two wonderful people at your disposal throughout the week,
you’ll come home with enough knowledge to write your own tour book.
29 to August 5, Saturday to Saturday
at 970 382-8355 to get more information and to register.
to see a portfolio of Newfoundland photographs.