Protected within Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, is a geological feature unique on earth. Over a few short miles it is possible to walk or drive across rock that was once part of a different continent, across the remains of ancient undersea volcanoes, to a mountain of mantle rock. The mantle rock from deep in the earth is low in nutrients and high in certain minerals that make it toxic to most plant life and so, in the midst of a place steeped in the most vibrant greens and blues, lies a barren, flat-topped mountain about 2,300 feet high and encompassing about 50 square miles, that is an orange desert. This stark, Mars-like landscape is the Tablelands.
|The Tablelands trail|
|Evening at the Tablelands|
|Purple flowers at the edge of the Tablelands|
|Only the hardiest of plants manage to eke out an existance here!|
Adventureous hikers (or photographers) who venture to the top of the Tablelands are warned to prepare for extreme conditions - high winds, heavy fog, freezing weather, and sudden changes in temperature. Although we very much wanted to stay longer in the area, and perhaps take a brief foray to the top, the sun was low in the sky and to our surprise we discovered that it was past 8:30pm! We still hadn't gotten used to the long northern days. With regret we started on the 40 mile drive back to our cabin and a late dinner.
Next time... Crazy weather at a lighthouse.