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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

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.

P1040638P1040642

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Deep Bay, Fogo Island June 25-26/16

P1040593

We bought a view last year with a house on it. It’s a little spot that’s going to need some time and money thrown at it. Folks might say “As long as you have a roof over your head”. They haven’t seen our roof….

Roofer phoned at 8:30 the morning after my retirement party and wondered if we could meet him at the house in Deep Bay.

Um, sure?

We made it to the house around 4 pm and it was hard to focus on the task at hand with this on the horizon.

We saw some of the same icebergs from Fogo too.

P1040540P1040541

 

We stopped at The Old Salt Box Houses and the rock park next to them and saw this view.

The same berg could be seen from the RV park at the Lion’s Club next to Brimstone Head. Campers said they went to bed with a beautiful view and work up with an iceberg in the middle of their  beautiful view!

An early rise still had 3 icebergs visible from the kitchen window this morning. I need to get this view protected with a roof!

 

Deep Bay has lots of great angles! Just need a good zoom if you don’t have a speed boat.

P1040578P1040579P1040580P1040581

May 15, 2016 and the Gander Loop

P1020699.JPG

First day of trouting season so we saw lots of boats and ATVs and even one man fishing with a bamboo rod.

Greenspond bergs were very far off but there were 5 of them. Binoculars worked well here.

 

Back on Route 320 we saw icebergs from the road and thought we’d see them in Newtown. Not a lot of luck there but a great spot for some dashboard dining and a walk around the Barbour Heritage properties.

Again, on the highway, we could see icebergs from the main road between Newtown and Lumsden.

P1020768

So near and yet so far!

We started in Lumsden at the government wharf area. There were 13  or 14 bergs. I’ve actually lost count! More pictures on the Newfoundland Iceberg Reports facebook page.

P1020784P1020771P1020779

From the wharf we down past the campgrounds on Atlantic Drive. From here we could see 18 icebergs of all shapes and sizes. We didn’t count a couple of little ones. Where there are 18, the little ones don’t even matter.

P1020809

P1020837.JPG

P1020816

 

Mid May is Full Blown!

Maberly by Donna Stagg
One of many shot this week by Donna Stagg in Maberly
Spaniards Cove Trinity Eco Tours
Trinity Eco Tours seem to be the only boat in the water so far but the rest will be doing tours soon. Spaniard’s Cove, near Port Rexton May 11, 2016
Lower Island Cove by Chelsey Lawrence Photography
From professional photographer Chelsey Lawrence. Taken in Lower Island Cove on Wednesday, May 11,2016
Twillingate by Norma Hamlyn
Dozens of massive bergs off Twillingate by Norma Hamlyn. Cropped to compensate for distances.
Elliston by Eric Abbott
Ironic that his brother’s B and B is called Puffin’s Landing in Bonavista. By Eric Abbott May 12, 2016
numbered by Trace
See Trace’s great series of pictures of the 7 icebergs she saw off Lumsden on Thursday. By the evening, they’d been joined by that many more.

Visit our Newfoundland Iceberg Reports page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NLIcebergReport for current iceberg reports with locations and dated photos.

and finally, from Trace again. Beautiful Lumsden, on the Straight Shore Route 320.

Lumsden by Trace

Spring has Sprung in Iceberg Alley

12885914_10153890130841352_1442900592646870004_o
One of three icebergs as seen early on the first day of spring 20016 by Eric Abbott.

It’s officially spring according to the calendar and the sideways snow in Gander as I write this post. Welcome to Newfoundland!

The two peaked pinnacle iceberg and huge flat tabular iceberg have been hanging out up in Bonavista for two months and now are joined by a third iceberg as proven by the ever smiling Eric Abbott.

Thanks Puffinman for all you contribute to the group. I’ll let your pictures speak for themselves.

12440618_10153890135111352_656557154580161087_o

12141060_10153890132971352_2433800888075423349_o12495994_10153890134201352_477193789715482170_o

And then there were Three!

12711002_528048797366520_3675300339112390770_o
Linda Ryan caught the first pictures of the new kid on the block. Third iceberg in Bonavista and Elliston area. March 15, 2016

Thank you Linda for sharing shots of the trio of icebergs now hanging out on the Discovery Trail.

886076_1069631876390436_7490431940605173130_o
In this wide shot, the pinnacle shaped berg can be seen heading towards the large flat tabular berg in Elliston and Mabery. Photo by Linda Ryan, March 15, 2016
10269198_1069633429723614_7199502005220669798_o
The close ups by Linda Ryan, March 15, 2016 Elliston, NL
12829148_1069632119723745_6205633322084182752_o
The close ups by Linda Ryan, March 15, 2016 Elliston, NL

And here’s the Iceberg Chart for tomorrow.

March 16 2016

They don’t melt as fast in -20 windchills!

 

 

IMG_0565 GREAT SHOT SIGNED FACEBOOK
Amazing neutral colours in the perfect light! Thanks again Eric Abbott. March 7, 2016
12698502_545425202301455_1139957331987981467_o
By Frank Johnson. Taken in Elliston, Root Cellar Capital of the World.

And these photographers go out in all weather and stand there until they get the shot. Thank you all!

12829150_10154076452081015_159210606009395710_o
The inclusion of the boat gives an idea of just how big this berg is. Taken from Cape Bonavista by Jerry Mouland. March 2016.

 

 

Check out Newfoundland Iceberg Reports on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NLIcebergReport