Eye Sockets and Outhouses

Waking up to drizzly weather we packed up our gear and headed north to Arches Provincial Park. Although the drizzle disappeared a fog had settled in but that didn’t stop us spending quite a bit of time exploring the arches. Arches Provincial Park is a small park but on a sunny day could very well be a great place to picnic. Since the sky was so bland I added in my own cloudy sky to create the composite below.

Arches Provincial Park

Arches Provincial Park

Venturing into one of the arches I discovered these “eyes” looking back at me. It gave me flashbacks to the Goonies movie. I decided to try out my wide angle lens to see if I could capture the effect. 

Eyes to the Soul

Eyes to the Soul

Yup, it’s still got that “Goonies” feel.

Back in the car we decided to stop at Broom Point where a fishing exhibit and rocky beach waited to be photographed. The fishing exhibit isn’t the only building on the property. A lone outhouse stands on a hill held up by large timber beams in what I assume is supposed to keep the outhouse upright in the winds. It’s very windy here on the coast and I can only assume that it usually is.

Outhouse

Outhouse

On the way back to our hotel room we decided to do one more stop at Southeast Brook Falls located inside Gros Morne National Park. A short hike through the forest takes you up to these small falls.

Southeast Brook Falls

Southeast Brook Falls

We saw quite a few spots today, some I didn’t share with you just yet, so we were pretty beat by the time we got back for dinner. So many things to see and so little time. We have one more day of exploring the west coast before we make the journey back to Ontario. 

Gros Morne’s Bonne Bay

I’m so excited! Today we are finally in Gros Morne Provincial Park. This is what I’ve been waiting for since we crossed over from Nova Scotia. Our first day in the park is filled with sunshine and warm temps as we head out on our first hike – Burnt Hill Trail. The trail takes us around a long loop with great views of the mountains and Bonne Bay.

Bonne Bay

Bonne Bay

After the cooler temperatures on the east coast we were surprised by how warm it became as we hiked. Luckily there was a bench for us to sit a spell and take in the views.

Take a Seat

Take a Seat

From here we ventured further into the park to the Discovery Centre where we took a short break, took some layers off and then headed skyward up the lookout trail. The trail leaves from the parking lot and heads up eventually passing out of the tree line. Due to a knee issue I didn’t make it up to the top but I still got some amazing views of Bonne Bay’s South Arm. 

View of the Bay

View of the Bay

I can’t even imagine what the views were like right from the top but next time I visit I will attempt it again. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for rain so it will be a more challenging shooting day as we start our day in Arches Provincial Park.

Foxy

We were up early this morning to make sure we made it over to Dungeon Provincial Park to catch the sunrise. Settling down as the colours started to appear I took some long exposures to capture the beauty before the sun rose.

Dungeon's Rocks

Dungeon’s Rocks

Once the sun made its appearance we started to explore the area a little more. From what I could tell it seems that Dungeon Provincial Park was named because of a sea cave. This cave has since lost its top and its two entrances look like eyes.

The Dungeons

The Dungeons

Very eerie looking with the sun lighting up these eyes.

We headed back to the hotel to grab some breakfast before packing up the car to head back to the west side of the island. Deciding to take the costal road we came across three foxes by the side of the road. As soon as I slowed the car down a fox approached the car in the hopes of a handout. 

Newfoundland Fox

Newfoundland Fox

We were responsible travellers and didn’t give out any food as this can be a dangerous situation for the foxes when they associate cars with food.  We did however get out of the car to catch some photographs of these beautiful creatures. It wasn’t too long before the foxes went from curious to bored. We didn’t take it personally and got back into the car to head to our next hotel for the night.