Saturday, August 30, 2008

Measuring Our Lives



Fishing Stage, Tilting, Newfoundland, August 2008.

I don't knew who said it first but it is a remarkable phrase:

Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


And I had many of these moments in the past few days up in northern Newfoundland in the Fogo area.

The grandgirl and I went on many hikes, climbed many mountains, toured museums, took to the briny and caught dolphins at play and both the humpback and fin whales cavorting. It seems like we spent weeks soaking in these breathtaking sights but in reality it was just five days.

Five remarkable days.

One of many highlights was time spent on top of Brimstone Head which is deemed to be one of the four corners of the earth by the Flat Earth Society. We found this crazy inukshuk on top of it and the views in all directions were spellbinding.



I had the camera at the ready all of the time. Here is another one of two
boathouses and a string of punts in Tilting.



But the best photo albums are in our hearts.

16 comments:

  1. Life is a movie I play in my head, I have no photographs of it. Just a long Kodak color movie. Some memories go in a loop and repeat themselves over and over again. The same bit of movie. It's not bad and will get better as I get older, i assume. All I need is a soundtrack.

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  2. As you say, the best photo albums are in our hearts. However evocative a photo, it can never do justice to the sheer glory and hypnotic beauty of what we see with our own eyes. And which comes back to mind unexpectedly to inspire us when we're feeling a bit low.

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  3. I've never been there, but I love fishing villages, fishing shacks, fishing boats, etc. Have you read "Cod"?

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  4. Lovely photos, WWW - thanks for sharing them. I get the feeling from these pics that Newfoundland is similar to parts of Scotland or the Scottish Islands.

    I can almost smell that sea air......sigh!

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  5. I agree Irene, there are special days that I can replay over and over in my head. the soundtrack is our heartbeats maybe?
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    Nick:
    Yes, I treasure the memories on 'down' days!
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    Rhea:
    No, I haven't read 'Cod', I must put it on my list!
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    XO
    WWW

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  6. T:
    And also the West Cork coast of my childhood. Like parts of it broke off and floated to the other side of the Atlantic!
    XO
    WWW

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  7. Great quote - great place. I'm green with envy!

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  8. Thank you Laura!
    All we got to do is sell some of your poetry and give you a book tour to Newfoundland!
    XO
    WWW

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  9. Hi WWW

    I could live on one of those shacks. They have central heating and broadband, right?


    xxx

    Pants

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  10. I can only vouch for the running water, Pants!
    XO
    WWW

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  11. I agree that the best photos are the ones in are hearts and in our memories - but I'm glad that you took a few to share with us. I've never been to The Rock - but come from close be....Cape Breton, but I might have told you that already. I think it's lovely that you have these opportunities to travel with your grand daughter and that you make the most of them.

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  12. Yes P:
    As an ex pat CBer you are familiar with such sights!
    Yes I feel very fortunate, it is all too rare that grandparents and grandchildren get to spend road-time together making discoveries!
    (without the common enemy ;^)
    XO
    WWW

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  13. 'The best photo album is the one in our hearts'. How every poetic, and how very true. (Especially since the demise of my box brownie!)

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  14. Funny that CB, I was fondling an old Box Brownie at a museum here recently and pondering on what happened to Dad's?
    Those old Brownies took amazing shots!.
    XO
    WWW

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  15. Super photos. I like the one at the top particularly with the building dead centre. It works brilliantly.

    I still have the old Box Brownie my parents used to take photos of us as children. Very simple, almost primitive - but worked so well.
    Best wishes
    OF

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  16. Thank you OF, it is my favourite too.
    I wish I knew where that old Box Brownie went, I would love to experiment with it (I think some places still carry the film for it).
    XO
    WWW

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