Photographing Newfoundland: more fair than foul!

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada

Craig Minielly joined Adventure Canada’s Newfoundland Circumnavigation in the fall of 2017 as onboard photographer and Nikon Ambassador.

We do our best to prepare everyone, but Craig got the (pleasant) surprise of his lifetime… and the photographs to go with it.

Read on to discover how Craig’s preconceptions were overturned…. to stunning effect!

 

Newfoundland –  A place of fog, cold , pounding seas and driving rain…

Or so I thought!

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada
As I packed for my upcoming assignment, to be the event photographer for Adventure Canada’s Newfoundland circumnavigation, I had all sorts of visions of wonderfully fog shrouded coast lines, pounding waves against rolling decks of the ship, dark and driving rain for days that would season the images I was to capture with the rugged and terrible weather that is all that Newfoundland is supposed to be.

 I could’ve been more wrong—or perhaps not.

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada
The weather that unfolded throughout the trip was nothing short of spectacular. Ocean kissed coast lines, became tranquil bays of reflecting horizons and idyllic zodiac rides to our remote destinations, all of which were beautifully picture worthy under blue skies & temperate winds.

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada

Day after day the beautiful weather continued, in all its agonizing glory and summer-like conditions.

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada

It was only when we reached Newfoundland’s northernmost tip, of L’anse aux Meadows, that I was finally rewarded with some of my much anticipated and thoroughly storm driven weather – as only true Vikings would have it.

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada

Finally!  Rain, fog, wind and… coolish temperatures, openly greeted us on the shores where Eric the Red and his Viking crew had first stepped foot a thousand years ago… THIS was the weather that matched my much-anticipated dreams of exploring this oh-so terrible and desolate landscape for myself.

Our weather finally turned, but how appropriate to do so as we arrived to the first and desolately rugged Viking settlement of L'Anse aux Meadows - or "Jellyfish Cove" An archaeological site on the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Discovered in 1960, it is the most famous site of a Norse or Viking settlement in North America. Dating to around the year 1000, #LAnseAuxMeadows is notable for its possible connection with the attempted colony of Vinland established by Leif Erikson around the same period or, more broadly, with Norse exploration of the Americas. It was named a World Heritage site by #UNESCO in 1978. - Source Wikipedia #worldheritagesite #NikonAmbassador #CraigOnAssignment #AdventureTravel #PrettyPlaces #NikonCa #intothewild #tinypeopleinbigplaces #bestplacestogo #travelphotographer #traveldeeper #suitcasetravels #letsgosomewhere #welltravelled #travelmemories ⠀ #passionpassport #lifeofadventure #stayandwander #folkgood #ourplanetdaily #ExploreCanada #explorenewfoundland #discoverearth #discovernewfoundland #AdventureCanada #outdoorphotography #landscape_lovers #Canada150 Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada

My foul weather gear and weatherproof Nikon preparations, were finally being put to the test as I was able to enjoy the adversities in capturing the ice floes & earliest settlements—while savouring this first Viking landing as it was truly meant to be seen and experienced. 

As we left this area and onto new horizons, the weather of course turned again and I had to suffer through interminable sunshine, and balmy winds that brought only calm seas, but that was OK because I’d had my taste of the terrible climate and weather extremes that I’d come to expect.

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada

 

Circumnavigation of Newfoundland w/ Adventure Canada
I was ready to now soak up the suns soothing rays and 
enjoy the warmth of colourful destinations in all their glory… leaving my Viking worthy rain gear and sweaters back on the ship, where they belonged.

Follow Craig’s adventures at www.hotsaucecreative.com, or on instagram at @CraigOnAssignment

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