Scotties/Tankard Provincial Playdowns

For those of you who don’t know, I have been highly involved in curling for the majority of my life.  Unfortunately, this year, I was unable to play competitively because I was waitlisted for a Masters program and couldn’t commit to a team.  Long story short, I did not get into the program, and now I’m still on the Island with no team to curl with :'(.

This weekend is the provincial playdowns for both the men and the women, with the winners advancing to The Brier or The Scotties Tournament of Hearts, respectively.  Although it sucks not playing, I am very happy to say the organizers allowed me to go out on the ice and take pictures of the competitors.

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I’ve been getting out to as many draws as possible, and taking about 700 pictures each time!  I’ll be uploading all pictures on my Facebook page, so make sure you check them out here.

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Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope everyone got to spend yesterday with their friends and family!  I had a great Christmas spent at home and at my grandparents 🙂  We don’t have too many Christmas traditions in our house, but we do open one present each on Christmas Eve, on Christmas morning a lot of my extended family comes to my family’s home for breakfast, and then on Christmas evening we go to my grandparent’s house for turkey!

As yesterday was quite busy I didn’t get to take too many pictures, but I do have a before and after picture of the family room (where our Christmas tree is located)!  Enjoy the rest of your holidays!! 🙂

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Fogo Island Inn

SURPRISE! Fogo Island Inn came a day early! 😀

Well, this is the last (however, certainly not least) of my Fogo Island pictures.  I had an absolutely wondeful time here and if anyone ever gets the chance to go to Fogo, GO!  It was absolutely beautiful and the hospitality is amazing.  Whenever Jeff and I first arrived here I wasn’t really awhed, to me it looked just like more of the mainland.  However, the more we adventured around, and the more I got to see of the little communities and of the studios and the Inns, the more I fell in love with this Island.  There really is something different about Fogo compared to the rest of Newfoundland, I just can’t quite put my finger on it!  If you ever visit, I think you’ll understand!

Moving on to actually talking about the Fogo Island Inn (sorry about my moment previous, I can get carried away sometimes), this place was absolutely stunning!  I’ve already posted photos from the inside, so if you would like to see those please click here!  To summarize what the Inn looks like from the outside is simply a piece of modernization one of the most un-modernized places in the world.  It is not even that there is crazy technology, or robot people or anything, it’s that suddenly, over a tiny little hill, there is this eggshell coloured structure, that contrasts the rocks and the water, and it is sort of simply breathtaking.  It is definitely on my bucket list to stay here someday, but it will definitely have to wait until my paycheque gets a little bigger…

For those of you who’ve actually read this series, I hoped you enjoyed seeing the studios and the inn from my point of view.  Don’t worry, there is definitely more pictures from Fogo Island, as well as some in Morton’s Harbour and potentially Twilingate that I took on the rest of my trip!  I will be posting them throughout the winter (fingers crossed), so make sure to check back for those!  Also, for anyone who wants to get updates on when I post things to my blog, simply go to the column on the left hand side (—->) and scroll down, you’ll find a little follow button where you can follow me by email 🙂

 

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Squish Studio

And, last but not least, the Squish Studio!  This was the last studio that Jeff and I visited while we were on Fogo, and honestly it was probably one of my favourites.  I loved how small it was and all the different angles to it.  It was right on the ocean as well, which provides breathtaking views in any sort of weather (which can vary drastically in the North Atlantic!).  I also adventured around a little bit more with this one, because there was simply so many perspectives to capture I had to try to get them all!  Although we did not get to stay at this studio long because the weather was changing and it was getting late, I had an amazing time capturing it!  This would definitely be in contention as my ultimate favourite, right beside the long studio!

Also, and just to let you guys know, I will be putting one more post in this ‘Fogo Island’ series before Christmas rolls around (it will be posted on December 24th!), and then I am going to try to post some Christmasy pictures while it is still the season!  I do however start my curling provincials on the 27th, so I will try to schedule as many posts as I possibly can before I get really busy again.  I will do my best to keep posting in the new year, but as we know, an undergrad degree does not come easy, so school comes first!  I will do my best though, that I can promise!

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Bridge Studio

So, the Bridge Studio was actually the first studio we visited on our trip, and was probably was the most difficult to both get to and capture.  It was also probably the simplest studio/structure we visited on our trip, with just being a simple cube with a bit of a slant to it. I found Bridge Studio the hardest to get to because it was located just off of a small pond, which means lots of boggy areas to step in!  Every time I would see an angle I absolutely loved, I was quickly deterred away due to the water I would be stepping into (note to self: always bring rubber boots!).  I also almost got engulfed by fire ants when I was patiently waiting for Jeff to climb back up to the trail when he found a place he wanted to stop to take pictures (but no worries, the fire ants did not surface until Jeff came along, and they attacked him instead, oops).  However, with all of these troubles aside, I was still able to get a couple wonderful pictures of this studio, and I am so happy to be able to share them with you!

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Tower Studio

The Tower Studio was the second artist studio that Jeff and I visited, which (as forgotten to mention before) is designed by Saunders Architecture.  As mentioned in the post before this one, Jeff had visited the Fogo Island Studios twice before coming with me, and on his previous visit he actually got to meet with the guy who is staying in this studio!  The man was not there this time around, however Jeff got to get some amazing pictures of the inside of the studio the last time, and I can imagine it is just as angular on the inside as it is on the outside.

One of the main reasons why I found this studio so intriguing was because of all the different angles it had to it.  Every time you turned a corner, the studio provided you with a totally different visual than the last.  And, on some sides, it looked like it wasn’t even structurally possible to have something built like this!  Another thing I loved about this studio on the day we were there was the contrast the black had with the blue sky and waters.  Although this studio wasn’t quite on the Atlantic Coastline, it did however have amazing views.  Another great thing about this location was that just two minutes down the road was the home of Young Studios, and we actually got to go in and meet with him and see some of his original works, which are absolutely stunning!

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Long Studio

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting these earlier in the year.  Before I knew it, school and curling started and suddenly I had no time outside of my studies and work!  But, with the Christmas break finally upon us, I have time to sit down and really look through the pictures and share them with you!  I know I have already shared some photographs from the Fogo Island Inn, and I’m sorry if I happen to post them again (it’s just so nice there)!  But, without further ado, the Long Studio!

So the Long Studio wasn’t the first studio we went to, however it was one of my favorites.  Jeff and I went here following our stop at the Fogo Island Inn, and actually, in some of the pictures, you can see the Inn in the background.  This studio was really interesting because of the (as the name says) the length of it.  The actual living part of the studio only took up roughly half of the structure, and in the back half you could get onto, and walk on just like a deck or patio.  The cool part about these studios is that artists can rent them, for sometimes months at a time, and that is where they basically live for that time while they work.  Honestly, I could not think of any better place to stay than in one of these studios on the edge of the North Atlantic surrounded by scenic Fogo Island, and all the hospitality that comes with being in Newfoundland.

With Jeff already having been to Fogo Island twice before we went together, not only did he know exactly where to go, but he also already has posted about his visits in his blog, as well as provided some information on all the studios as well as the Inn.  For more information you can visit his blog, or you can go to this website here!

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Mandelle & Jordan

After a long month at school, and many issues with my computer, I am finally getting to posting these!  I enjoyed spending the afternoon with Mandelle and Jordan so much, they were great to work with, and with being my first couple in which I didn’t know before going into the session, they helped build my confidence in taking on more sessions with people I am no familiar with!  Thanks so much guys for your patience, and to view the full album, please check out my Facebook page!

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