Monkstown Rocks

The community of Monkstown is at the end of Paradise Sound, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Paradise Sound is a narrow inlet that goes inland about 20 kilometres from the ocean. Monkstown, now with about 50 permanent residents, had existed for many generations as a vibrant fishing community until the fishing industry collapsed within the last 30 years. There’s a handful of people (many of them my good friends) who still work in the inshore fishery but not as many as previous generations. The town is a long way inland from Placentia Bay and is somewhat protected from the heavy seas, storm surges and swell that occur regularly in Newfoundland. The area abounds with bald eagles, black bears, moose, and lots of codfish that have made a comeback and can be found in the Sound many miles from the ocean.

The area also features some pretty unique geology. There’s a lot of exposed shale along the waterline that you can get to at low tide. Over the millenia it’s been pushed up, twisted and bent by tectonic forces and is now slowly eroding from the effects of time and tide. The impact of humans is actually so minimal that it’s pretty easy to imagine what it was like here a couple hundred thousand years ago. These are a few shots from my recent visit.

About Paul Kinsman

Musician, photographer, broadcaster, in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
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