Summer in St. John’s

Dandelion Forest

The harbingers of summer here in Newfoundland are not the dandelions taking over the green spaces (although they do that, too), nor are they the rare but blindingly beautiful cloudless skies.

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No, they’re icebergs, and their smaller components, growlers and bergy bits.  Actually, now that I think about it, that’s pretty typical of this upside-down province: ice is the herald of warm summer days.  After all, Gren and I were out in a (short) blizzard just three days ago.

When the Pie and I were here house-hunting in June of 2008, St. John’s was experiencing one of the best years for icebergs in a long time.

ICEBERG

Then we moved here, and, true to form, saw barely any ice for the next three years.  This year, however, is another good one for ice, and you don’t have to stray too far from town to see it. This one was nestled in Quidi Vidi Bay a few weeks ago.

QV Bay Berg

It was worth struggling over slippery rocks in high winds and sleet to get a better view.  Unfortunately I only had my phone with me, so the picture quality isn’t what it could be.

QV Bay Berg

The Pie wasn’t too happy without his touque.

QV Bay Berg

These ones are off the shores of Blackhead, a tiny ancient settlement between St. John’s and Cape Spear.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

I wanted to get all three in one shot but they were really far apart.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

We headed a little further south to see if we could get a different angle and ended up at Dead Man’s Cove for these pictures.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

A very nice lady took our picture with a berg.  Unfortunately the berg looks more put together than we do.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

Then we found these bits up in Middle Cove.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

That’s the Pie down there on the beach.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

There were bits of ice all broken up on the beach.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

I got to touch a piece.  It was very cold.  If I hadn’t been worried about the pollution I would have taken it home and put it in a drink.

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

Bergs at Blackhead and Middle Cove

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

6 thoughts on “Summer in St. John’s”

  1. Awesome post! Thank you for showing us the ice. I could feel the cold 🙂 I live on ‘the other’ coast, and have been thinking about moving to yours. So this was even more interesting to me.

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  2. Beautiful pictures, Ali! Loved them all, but the sepia ones were especially evocative. You’re so lucky to be able to experience such a special part of the world, even if only for the short term.

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