It is supposed to take around 5 hours give or take to make the crossing from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basque, Newfoundland. One of the ferries was down an engine, so we ended up leaving 4 hours late. Out in the middle a sudden atlantic storm hit us and she started rolling and I started turning green.
When we got closer to Newfoundland the seas seemed to get better, but in fact at that point it was blowing 90km per hour which was far too windy to dock. We went back and forth along the coast for hours, the lights on the land teasing us, so near but so far. It ended up taking a total of 10 hours to make the crossing. We were not allowed on the vehicle deck so I felt sorry for the poor dogs. Oscar was fine, but Angie peed on the couch 🙁
It was 2:30am by the time we got off the boat. We only drove a short distance to the visitor centre and then went to sleep in their parking lot since we didn’t want to drive at night. We had been warned by some Newfoundlanders we met on Prince Edward Island not to drive at night because of all the moose. Now I find out that a lot of Newfoundlanders won’t take that ferry either!
At last we arrived at Gros Morne National Park. Was it worth it? Of course it was! Newfoundland is awesome with its rugged coast and upturned ocean floor. More about the geography in future posts, but for now, two images I took at Lobster Cove.
For these I used my Singh-Ray 3 stop soft graduated neutral density filter (to darken the bright sky) and my 4 stop neutral density filter (to allow a long shutter speed to blur the ocean waves).
Lobster Cove #1 is a 2.5 second exposure:
Lobster Cove #2 is a 4 second exposure:
As always, I would appreciate your comments if you prefer one over the other. It is so hard to decide which one deserves a place in my portfolio.