Monday, August 8, 2016
On the Road to Plum Point
Photos: August 5, 2016
A fog greeted us in the morning creating a symphony in blues.
We drove up the coast and stopped at the Arches Provincial Park where on the shore were these beautiful arches carved by the water.
The weather was windy and the water was rushing in.
Many of the trees in Newfoundland, particularly those near the coast are stunted and often leaning. Tuckamore is the name given to evergreen trees that are stunted by difficult growing conditions - wind, poor soil, salt air. Here they hug the hill.
Some don't survive but their skeletons stand, stripped of bark by the weather.
We made our way to Port au Choix where we saw an interesting exhibit about the first peoples who inhabited Newfoundland before the Europeans came. A stop at the Point Riche lighthouse in the winds - which are almost constant in this area. The soil is very poor and much of the land is barren. The lighthouse was built in 1882 and it is still in use.
A few flowers (very low ones) survive - some are quite rare. These are gentians. Others like Long's Braya are endangered as they grow in very few places.
We were lucky to see some caribou grazing. They did not seem perturbed by our presence, though we did keep our distance.
More photos at Flickr