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    • One of the many fossils in the Rocks

    • Landscape; Archeology
    • In addition to a magical place for the young-hearted nature lover, the Rocks are home to a protected fossil site, remnants of life dating back 500 million years. Terry Fletcher writes, Since the description of the Cambrian trilobite Paradoxides...
    • Fog hanging in over the Wester Cove

    • Landscape;
    • Starting at the Hayjers Rock, the Wester Cove bends in toward the Place on the west side of the River. Cliffs divide the Wester Cove into two parts: tree-covered hills that range toward the Place, and a narrow, rugged shoreline at the base of the...
    • The Cock O Wee Path meanders up a grassy slope

    • Landscape;
    • The outer cliffs of the Wester Cove give way to grassy slopes, some of which are easily scalable. The Cock O Wee Path meanders up and down such a slope just up from the Big Rock. Marina Gambin writes, This narrow path in the Wester Cove led down to...
    • The Kitchen Sink used for playing cubby

    • Landscape;
    • In from the Big Rock and the Cock O Wee Path, the Rocks of the Wester Cove transition into the Landwash through a stretch of relatively flat bedrock. Here the rock shelves are foundations for imaginary castles, oceanfront rooms and meandering...
    • Wave-tossed boulders in the Rocks

    • Landscape;
    • The narrow shoreline at the base of the cliffs in the Wester Cove is a magical, natural playground, expanding and contracting with ocean tides and swells. This shoreline is known as the Rocks, referring to the many rocks of myriad shapes, colors...
    • Waterfall at the base of the Green Gulch

    • Landscape;
    • Above the cliffs halfway out the Wester Cove, two forested hills descend and join to create the Green Gulch. The gully water cascades down the cliff face, creating an intimate waterfall far away - it seems - from everything else.
    • Pismire Gully creates a waterfall near the Splink

    • Landscape; Livestock;
    • The Pismire Gully creates a waterfall on the cliff face close to the Splink. This gully was named for the abundance of ants (pismires) around its banks. Before it reaches the cliff face, the Pismire Gully provides convenient drinking water for...
    • Panoramic View of Branch from the Naked Man - 2007

    • Landscape;
    • The Hayjers Rock crowns the Wester Cove as it sits at Branch Head. The rugged shoreline bends in toward the Landwash and the Gut where the River channels into the ocean. Across the Gut, the shoreline of the Easter Cove starts on Back of the Beach...
    • The Hayjers Rock stands at the entrance to Branch Cove

    • Landscape;
    • The Hayjers Rock, standing solitary at the tip of the Wester Cove, is the iconic landmark of Branch - a reminder of the play between land and ocean, and a bedrock symbol of Home for generations. In the time of the first settlers, this rock was...
    • Sheep feed during low tide on the Flats

    • Landscape; Livestock;
    • At the mouth of The River, the delta is exposed twice a day as the ocean recedes from beyond the causeway. Here a considerable expanse of river islands, knows as the Flats, sit in the heart of the valley. High tide surrounds the outer flats while...
    • Cows on Packies Bonus

    • Employment; Vegetables;
    • During the Depression, residents were encouraged to clear land and were given a small government bonus for each acre cleared. Packie (Patrick) Power (1893-1965) cleared land above the Wester Cove, close to the Knap. This land became known as...
    • The Splink juts out from the cliff

    • Landscape;
    • The Splink is a rock vein that juts out of the cliff around the Pismire Gully waterfall, creating a small, private cove. Marina Gambin writes, My great-Aunt Aggie (Mooney) Singleton, St. Josephs, was almost 100 years old when she died. She told me...
    • A wave breaks over the Big Rock during a swell

    • Landscape;
    • The Big Rock sometimes sits in the ocean, sometimes sits on shore. Its changing position between high and low tide, and its view of the Western Cove have made it an ideal ducking spot and a favorite - though sometimes dangerous - place for...
    • Panoramic View of Branch from the Naked Man - 1965

    • Landscape; Towns;
    • Branch has a rich landscape where the mouth of Branch River opens out into a wide valley along the shoreline of Branch Cove. The Naked Man is the highest point of land in the Easter Cove. The term naked man is the local term for an Irish cairn (or...
    • A view of the Easter Cove from the Wester Cove

    • Abandoned houses; Architecture, building and construction; Landscape; Towns;
    • On the east side of the wide river mouth, the Easter Cove has at times been quite removed from the Place. In the early years, there were a fair number of houses in the Easter Cove. However in 1962, rafting ice damaged the series of wooden bridges...

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