Newfoundland Travel - Winter on "The Rock"

Updated: Jan 27

A wise man once said that there is no such thing as bad weather, implying that, for a vast number of us, our aversion to cold is the result of a poor choice of clothing. I agree somewhat (but still hold a preference for those warm days of summer). Nonetheless, my passion for nature photography motivates me to go outside regularly looking for awesome subjects to photograph during the winter season. #winter #winterphotography

A snow-covered open field is dominated by a large evergreen tree with no lower branches
A snow-covered open field is dominated by a large evergreen tree with no lower branches

My first stop is my own back yard! This evergreen tree has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years but, interestingly, has no bottom branches. Doesn't it look absolutely stunning sitting in this snow covered field with a light dusting of snow weighing upon its branches? #tree #nature #snow #winter

This is a birds eye view of the community of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, covered by a light dusting of snow.
This is a winter picture of the community of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, the morning after a light snowfall

From the top of the cliff, this field offers a spectacular view of the community of Pouch Cove. A snow-capped mountain range and houses can be seen in the distance. Directly to my right, freshly fallen snow dusts the landscape. A log fence captures the illuminating glow of the sun's early morning rays. #snow #pouchcove #newfoundland #landscape #mountain #tree

Behind a log fence in an open field, a light covering of snow covers a mountain ridge that runs through a forest in Pouch Cove.
A light covering of snow covers a mountain ridge that runs through a forest in Pouch Cove.

While walking through the community of Pouch Cove, I am enchanted by the natural beauty of snow-covered trees on a mountain range and must stop to take a few shots. #mountain #tree #logfence #forest #snow #winter #nature

Female northern flicker woodpecker, wings held tightly at her side, is soaring over a snow covered patio railing.
Female northern flicker woodpecker soaring over a snow covered patio railing.

Naturally, each season is great for bird watching in Newfoundland. This female northern flicker woodpecker soared atop a patio railing with its focus on a fresh feed of birdseed. #birding #birdwatching #wildlife #woodpecker #snow #nature

On the ocean surface, behind an evergreen tree, a single snow squall forms on the distant horizon.
On the ocean surface, a single snow squall forms on the distant horizon.

Yet another sight on an outdoor adventure in Pouch Cove was this unusual discovery. As the sun radiated through the winter sky, a snow squall developed on a segment of the ocean while all surrounding areas remained clear. #tree #snowsquall #ocean #oceanview #northatlanticocean #horizon #nature

An adult bald eagle stands on the ice covered surface of Quidi Vidi Lake with three offspring.
A family of bald eagles are standing on the ice covered surface of Quidi Vidi Lake.

Next, a trip to the city and a stop-off at Quidi Vidi lake. During a stroll along the walking trail, I was treated to a vision of an adult bald eagle and three offspring standing on the ice covered water. #birding #birdwatching #quidividi #newfoundland #explorenl #baldeagle #ice

Cabot Tower in St. John's, Newfoundland, sits atop a snow covered cliff, displaying the iconic Signal Hill star on its side.
Cabot Tower in St. John's, Newfoundland, sits atop a snow covered cliff, displaying the iconic Signal Hill star on its side.

A visit to Signal Hill follows, where a haze of dark clouds emits a foreboding atmosphere over the landscape. Atop the snow covered cliffs sits Cabot Tower, the iconic Signal Hill star, displayed proudly on its side. #winter #snow #cabottower #newfoundland #stjohns #signalhill #signalhillstar #nature #nationalhistoricsite



Mineral deposits color the stone surrounding a canon on Signal Hill. Dots of snow remain in protected surfaces.
A canon is displayed in the recesses of a cliff atop Gibbet Hill.

Signal Hill features a a canon on display atop a cliff. Mineralization creates a diversity of colors on the cliff's surface and freshly fallen snow adorns its ledges. #canon #gun #signalhill

#cliff #snow #outdoor

Colorful homes and fishing boats at the base of snow dusted cliffs in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland.
Colorful homes and fishing boats at the base of snow dusted cliffs in Quidi Vidi Village.

While in the downtown St. John's area, I always like to take a detour through Quidi Vidi Village. Fresh snow beautifully contrasts with the colorful houses and fishing boats at the base of the cliffs. #nature #outdoor #cliff #house #boat #winter #cliff #ocean

In this photo, the Caribou Monument stands tall and proud in Bowring Park, surrounded by snow-capped hills and mature trees.
The Caribou Monument at Bowring Park, Newfoundland

Next, a visit to Bowring Park, located in the city of St. John's, Newfoundland, to the Caribou Monument to pay tribute to Newfoundland's fallen soldiers of WW1. The bronze statue is displayed atop a snow-capped hill in a forest clearing and beautifully captures the reflection of the morning's sun. #bowringpark #cariboumonument #snow #tree #nature #warmemorial #veteran #statue #tourismnl #destinationstjohns

These strong ocean waves are slamming the cliffs at Middle Cove Beach and sending jets of sea water high into the air..
Strong ocean waves slamming the cliffs at Middle Cove Beach.

Middle Cove Beach is always my favourite place to visit when there are ocean surge warnings as it is then that the ocean waves are most spectacular. However, it must be emphasized that photographic opportunities should never trump the need for safety. You should always take pictures from a safe distance, as the northern Atlantic Ocean waves can advance without notice and result in injury. #middlecovebeach #ocean #oceanwave #cliff #nature #horizon #wavewatching #newfoundland

Chopped wood stacked on a snow covered bank on the coast of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland.
Chopped wood stacked on a snow covered bank on the coast of Pouch Cove.

Back home to Pouch Cove and another photo opportunity on the coast, this time under much different ocean conditions. No two days are alike and, for me, this only adds to the thrill I feel when I explore nature in my own back yard. Although I am not a fan of cold weather, there are days when it can be very enjoyable. The breathtaking beauty does tend to dispel the cold and I absolutely love the photo opportunities of the season. Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?




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