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Old Posted Sep 4, 2011, 4:06 PM
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St. John's, NL | Year One

About time I finished editing these. Photos are from August 2010 - May 2011.

The first three are from Portugal Cove, on the East side of Conception Bay (just West of the city).






































































































Sorry for the lack of commentary, I really just wanted to get it posted.
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No commentary needed, the pics speak for themselves. This city looks like a cross between San Francisco (hilly terrain and bright color palette), Marin County (undeveloped coastal hillside) and Baltimore (rowhouses) with some Canadian weather thrown in for good measure. You've officially grabbed my attention. I look forward to seeing anything else you have in the works on this area. Oh, and the composition in almost every shot was great and the subject matter was incredibly varied and balanced. Great thread

EDIT: I did some research and found out that this was the first city founded by the English in America (1497). Huh. How many of the buildings from back then are preserved?
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Amazing photos. Great thread.
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Thanks for the comments everyone.

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I look forward to seeing anything else you have in the works on this area.
I imagine I'll do one thread a year for St. John's. The next ones I'm working on will be Phoenix, and a summer compilation from Alberta and BC.

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EDIT: I did some research and found out that this was the first city founded by the English in America (1497). Huh. How many of the buildings from back then are preserved?
I'm not sure if any are, but I could be wrong. I really have no idea.

Edit: I guess this is the oldest building in town: Anderson House
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Great photos the town looks really nice, not sure i could handle the winters thou.
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Amazing pictures. I am liking the colorful dwellings, and that's a whole lot of snow blocking the doors.
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No commentary needed, the pics speak for themselves. This city looks like a cross between San Francisco (hilly terrain and bright color palette), Marin County (undeveloped coastal hillside) and Baltimore (rowhouses) with some Canadian weather thrown in for good measure. You've officially grabbed my attention. I look forward to seeing anything else you have in the works on this area. Oh, and the composition in almost every shot was great and the subject matter was incredibly varied and balanced. Great thread

EDIT: I did some research and found out that this was the first city founded by the English in America (1497). Huh. How many of the buildings from back then are preserved?
Not much of anything remains from that time period. The city itself has been destroyed by fire numerous times, most notably in 1892. As well, I believe the city was destroyed several times by the French.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_1892
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Excellent!
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You could sell these!

I know probably a dozen people who would love those first few photos and put them up at work. I can't wait to visit St. John's...it looks like a very historic (and not in a cheezeball kinda way) and interesting city.
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Great thread, a combination of really colourful and atmospheric pictures.




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EDIT: I did some research and found out that this was the first city founded by the English in America (1497). Huh. How many of the buildings from back then are preserved?
Some areas of the town survived the "great" fire of 1892, eg. the Basillica did, and date back to about 1850 and 1830. The oldest buildings date from the early 1800's when the town became more established as a city. There are remnants older than that, and some of the new construction going on require archaeological digs. The fact that much of the city had to be rebuilt in 1892 is what gives many of the houses their special Second Empire look.

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Great pictures. You threw me off by tilting that one photo to make the road flat.

Does anyone know if trees are natural to this area? I see them in the city but none on the surrounding hills and cliffs.
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Great pictures. You threw me off by tilting that one photo to make the road flat.

Does anyone know if trees are natural to this area? I see them in the city but none on the surrounding hills and cliffs.
Newfoundland is mostly forested (there were two large paper mills); the St.John's area is mostly coniferous, but with some deciduous like birch. The hills facing the Atlantic are partly deforested, from human causes and natural exposure to the ocean at higher elevations, while the areas away from the ocean are more forested. St. John's has lots of trees such as maple etc. The winter climate isn't that cold.
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Does anyone know if trees are natural to this area? I see them in the city but none on the surrounding hills and cliffs.
The city is dominated by deciduous trees, especially maples. The downtown core, however, is pretty devoid of trees, whereas newer parts of the city further uptown is full of trees. The hills surrounding the city, and pretty much the rest of the province is full of coniferous trees.
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Amazing photos! St. John's is a city of such underrated natural beauty and small city charm. I really have to go on a Maritimes road trip so time.
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One thing I noticed compared to back home, is that the trees are small and probably sturdy as hell because it took them 30 years to grow 15 feet.

Driving across the island is very similar to driving through Northern Alberta.
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nice collection of shots. I was there once and I loved it. I would love to go back some day.
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Great photos. I did a road trip to Maine, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland about a decade ago. I only spent a limited time in Saint John's but remember how remote the area is. I also visited Gros Morne National Park and camped there. Although I've never been, this is what I'd imagine Ireland or Scotland would look like.
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Great collection of photos. St. John's is one of the Canadian cities I'd most like to visit.
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you always know how to put a very good thread together!!
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