Saturday, August 29, 2009

Recent Work: Nets at North Head, Grand Manan Island

Immediately beside Fisherman's Wharf at North Head, there is an open area used by various fishermen to work or store equipment.  These nets were lying on the ground, next to some buoys and lobster traps.

Nets at Fisherman's Wharf

Other images from my recent trip to Grand Manan, including a recent update with photographs from Whale Cove, can be seen on my website.

. . . Rob Williams

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Photographs of Pettes Cove, Grand Manan Island

Here are some images from Pettes Cove on Grand Manan Island. Pettes Cove is immediately beside Swallowtail Lighthouse, the most famous landmark on the island. The cove has a pebble beach with fantastic rock formations, and a beautiful view.

Pettes Cove at dawn

Pre-dawn light

Cora Belle Weir

Rock formation at Pettes Cove

Pettes Cove rocks

These, and other images from my recent trip to Grand Manan can be seen on my website.

. . . Rob Williams

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Recent Work: Grand Manan Island 2009

I've just started processing the images from a recent trip to Grand Manan Island. As usual, there was lots of fog in the first week, so fog takes part in many of my photographs.

The path to Swallowtail Lighthouse at dawn

Swallowtail Lighthouse

The early morning light is fantastic as the fog lifts.

These, and other photographs from Grand Manan Island are also available on my website. I will add more images to this article as they become available.

. . . Rob Williams

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


August 3, 2009, Grand Manan Island

This morning greeted me with a frequent sight on Grand Manan -- thick fog. When you travel to a coastal island, you have to expect bad weather -- especially this year, which seems to be unusually rainy.

Net Point through the Fog

Our trip to Grand Manan has had more than it's share of fog, and I was not enthused with yet another foggy day. Eventually, I decided to get up and go out with my camera anyway, just to see what would happen.

The house we are renting is right beside one of the island's most photographed sites, the Swallowtail lighthouse. As I was loading the car, I noticed that the lighthouse was visible through the fog, just a faint outline against the grey fog. I picked up my camera and took some photographs, and as I did, the fog began to lift just a bit. I continued to photograph, and after a few more minutes, the lighthouse emerged from the fog, and gave me some superb images.

Swallowtail Lighthouse

After having some fun with the lighthouse, my next stop was Pettes Cove, the cove immediately beside the lighthouse. I didn't plan on stopping, but the fishing weir in the cove caught my eye emerging from the fog, and I decided to see what it would look like against the grey sky and ocean. By now, the fog had just about dissipated, occasionally letting the sun shine through the clouds. The shimmer on the water in front of the weir was fantastic.

Weir at Pettes Cove

Fog can completely obliterate the scenery (at times here, you can barely see across the street), but when it's not quite so thick, it can create fantastic abstractions. On an island like this, you have to be prepared to deal with fog, and take advantage of what it has to offer.

. . . Rob Williams