Aug 28, 2014

Battle Harbour!

After an busy spring of travel back and forth to the steamy hot south i was fortunate enough to be heading north.  North to Labrador!

My destination was a small island just half a square kilometre off the coast of southern Labrador.  Battle Harbour is entrenched in a deep history of almost 350 years.  At one point in time this was the largest settlement on Labrador's coastline.  Today a few summer homes reside in Battle Harbour and the Battle Harbour Historic Trust operates in order to preserve the heritage of many of the structures on the island.

My journey began on the west coast of Newfoundland and brought me though the majestic Gros Morne National Park.

Rocky Harbour.
Fujifim X-T1 with XF55-200mm.   Panorama mode.

Wester Brook Gorge.
Fujifilm X-T1 with XF55-200mm.  Panorama Mode.

After travelling north on the Northern Peninsula and making the hour long ferry crossing to Quebec I reached the scenic town of Blanc Sablon.

Labrador Ferry.
Fujifilm X-T1 with XF55-200mm.  Panorama Mode.

From Blanc Sablon I travelled north into Labrador where ice was abound!  There was a beautiful iceberg just off the coast of L'Anse Au Clair.

L'Ance Au Clair Iceberg.
Fujifilm X-T1 with XF55-200mm.

Pinware River.
Fujifilm X-T1 with XF55-200mm.  Panorama mode.

Upon arrival in Mary's Harbour I was greeted with a couple of smiling faces waiting patiently for me to show up for the boat ride to the island.  And along the way I got to get up close and personal to one of the most beautiful icebergs in the most stunning evening light!

10,000 year old ice!
Fujifilm X100s.

Battle Harbour, first glimpse!
Fujifilm X100s.

After a much needed dinner of lobster and all the fixings last light of the day lingered in the sky over Battle Harbour, beckoning me to photograph.  I took advantage of the light and colour and photographed well beyond midnight, my last image of the evening being of my residence for the next several nights.  

With an amazing sleep under a down duvet in the most comfortable bed in the entire universe I awoke to find the day to be sunny with increasing fog.   Perfect!

At times the fog came in so heavy that I changed my focus to the incredible small details underfoot throughout the island.

The entire island is a geological wonder!  Everywhere one turns the stone is twisted and contorted with amazing details.

Not all of Battle Harbour is in the hands of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust.  Several structures and boats have been neglected and battered by the elements, which of course made for amazing photographic opportunities!

I hope you've enjoyed this visual journey to Battle Harbour and highly recommend you get there yourself to learn more of it's vast history and to take in the incredible scenery.

Did i mention they make the best homemade bread there?

Cheers and thanks for stopping by!

All images taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 and the X100s.

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  1. Truly some of the most beautiful story telling photos I've ever seen. I'm always in awe of your work, Scott..simply beautiful !

    1. Great to hear from you Jody! It's been a while! Thank you so much for the words. :)

  2. Scott, Once again you have left me in awe at the beauty you are able to capture through your talent with a camera lens! I am ever so thankful for finding your link more than a year ago & that you are able to amaze me with every new post! I'm afraid I will have to hit the lottery in order to ever go to this fantastic Lil' Isle in Labrador! but because of you I actually feel as if I am there! Shots so lifelike they evoke even my senses of taste & smell! This time you even went a step further with these great closeups of the lichens & moss & in bloom too! I have made my career out of the horticulture world for 20 plus years until I got sick in 2008.My Grandfather was an awesome self taught gardener who after leaving Lark Harbour for Corner Brook to make a better living for his large brood of 12 landed a Caretakers position at Sir Eric Bowater's Estate Strawberry Hill maintaining the grounds Later he landed the same kind of position with the city of Corner Brook, where I'm sure in both places some of his plantings are still visable!I know for sure at the Inn at Glynnmill that the small island on the pond is manmade & planted by my Poppy William A. Sheppard! We were there in 1986 & Corner Brook honoured him with a plaque in recognition for his fine work & dedication & remembered most for his kindness & smile with a warm hello to everyone he met! I was very proud of my Poppy & wanted to exemplify him in every way! My love of plant life is due to him & today through those beautiful shots of the island & the lichens & moss you yourself are telling people to stop, kneel down, & take a minute to see the minute detail of the beauty beneath our feet! I have seen some of God's greatest creations looking at these tiny forms of life! Thank you for once again bringing me close to my homeland thru your art, you are so very special! With my warmest regards, Always Lea Atwood Witte

  3. WOW some amazing photos there Scott ! I think I could smell the home made bread.