May 2017 Fogo Island Iceberg Report

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Shoal Bay, Fogo Island May 27, 2017

 

I can’t keep up to the blog and administrate the Newfoundland Iceberg Reports Facebook page so always defer to the Facebook page for the most up to date postings from members traveling all around the province. Diane

Here’s a little look back at some of what I’ve seen on Fogo Island in various communities the past two weekends and currently, as I post on May 31, 2017.

I also have a Fogo Island blog for things other than icebergs but they tend to sneak into that one too.

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Deep Bay, Fogo Island, May 27, 2017

On the May 20th weekend there was a lot of pack ice and icebergs were harder to see due to the distance and lack of contrast but they were everywhere. Tilting had them right in the harbour which was exciting!

The bergs above were in Little Harbour, near Barr’d Island on May 27 and changed greatly a day or two later.

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Little Harbour, Fogo Island May 29, I think.

Deep Bay has a huge berg grounded outside the bay the past couple of days. Initally it was surrounded by blue water but on May 30 the pack ice moved to surround it again.

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Fishing boat about to pass behind an iceberg outside of Deep Bay, Fogo Island, May 29, 2017
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Pack ice surrounds the iceberg again on May 30, 2017.

As I type and work at my friend’s gallery, Herring Cove Art Gallery in Shoal Bay, the pack ice is filling in what was clear blue water yesterday. Great for photographers, hard for fishers.

A few final shots from May 30, in various stops in Joe Batt’s Arm. The icebergs at sunset blend with the island when they are only a silhouette but from another angle, they can be distinguished.

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From the Fogo Island Coop wharf in Joe Batts Arm.
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From Ethridge Point Park in Joe Batt’s Arm, May 30, 2017
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A zoom by Godwin’s Road, Joe Batt’s Arm, May 30, 2017
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Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island, May 30, 2017

Fogo Island is currently surrounded by icebergs. No sign of it stopping any time soon. There are several communities here. If you are really stuck for time, come on the early ferry and rush around, but to do it right, book at least a night and I prefer 3 if you have to lose a day getting from another location to the ferry.

There are many beautiful accommodations listed on the Town of Fogo Island web page and there is also Fogo Island Bus Tours if you want to pre-book and do a day trip, leaving your car behind. Pre-book accommodations. As I wrote this post over the past two days I’ve met folks from Australia to Vancouver Island, including several American states and lots of Canadian provinces. If you’re on the island before June 5, drop by and see me at Herring Cove Art Studio, in Shoal Bay. Thanks for the use of the Internet folks!

 

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Twillingate Isles June 26/16

We were once again, caught in my own trap! Lured by pictures posted on my Newfoundland Iceberg Reports page.

Several people were sharing amazing shots of the arch in Twillingate. Captain Cecil Stockley saw it coming and shared pictures from his Iceberg Man Tours.

Here are his pictures from June 15 to June 26.Each morning I was holding my breath to see the next post.

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Our Twillingate run was planned for Saturday but a call from a carpenter meant we did it as a detour on our way back from Fogo Island on Sunday.

At breakfast on Fogo Island,  I was showing off our Newfoundland Iceberg Reports Facebook page, I got a private message saying the arch had just collapsed. Oh no!

We still had to go to see what might be left so took the early afternoon boat from Fogo Island.

Initially as we crossed the causeway to Twillingate Island there was no sign of ice. As we approached the Prime Berth end of the causeway, all was revealed as our angle showed icebergs behind the point and the islands.

As driver, Leo opted to leave Purcell’s Harbour for the return drive and we headed right for Durrell.

Icebergs are so big they can not only be seen from many vantage points, but sometimes from different, neighbouring communities.

We’d met up with Eric Abbott, visiting from Bonavista to his wife’s home of Virgin Arm. He gave us three great tips. Ice cream at the snack shop at Dildo Run, take Ochre Pit Road to see the iceberg above and try the food at the snack shop across from the school. The boy knows his stuff!

With breakfast at 9  at Chesters on Fogo Island and ice cream as lunch, supper was a need before we went much further. With a great recommendation from friends at the next table, I opted for the lobster burger. Soooooo good. A new favorite spot! Don’t let the empty chairs fool you, I was shooting strategically to avoid people.

The meal and service was great and thank you to the William’s family for treating us for my retirement! Some sweet!

This is what was left of the arch when we got to the Wild Cove area. Two lovely pinnacles!

From there we went to Crow Head.

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We were starting to fade and started working our way back towards home. Fine folks at Crow Head suggested Little Harbour so we checked that out too and met a travel writer camped out looking at this majestic view.

They had just kayaked all around the berg and had driven from Quebec via the Labrador highway on an iceberg assignment. How do I get a job like that?

Our last stop was the beautiful Purcell’s Harbour. Note, we didn’t make it to Long Point lighthouse In Twillingate as, often, we don’t catch anything there and Sleepy Cove and Back Harbour were empty too.

 

With thanks again to Captain Stockley and his daughter Cecily who got these great shots of the arch foundering on Sunday, June 26, 2016. It happened so suddenly, we haven’t found anyone with a video yet. Thanks for allowing us to share Iceberg Man Tours.

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