Thursday, August 7, 2008

The photo below is of sheep grazing near the lighthouse at Cape St. Mary's, Newfoundland. The one at upper right is of Philip Seagull, an artist from St. John. Cape St. Mary's is the area along the coast of the Avalon Peninsula where birders come to observe the gannet rookeries. They call the southern coast the Irish Coast because of the influx of Irish families who came there in the 19th century and settled in outport villages to fish for cod. Today there are severe limits on cod catches due to overfishing and many of the younger people have left to find work on the mainland, leaving behind charming pillbox houses overlooking the north Atlantic.


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