Saturday, August 13, 2005

This is an OK picture

It's the latest in a series of OK pictures I've taken of the Cana Island Lighthouse in Door County, Wisconsin. Nearly every trip to Door County includes at least one pre-dawn trek to this lighthouse for a chance at a spectacular sunrise shot. Nearly every trip to the lighthouse ends in disappointment.

It shouldn't. The stately tower still uses an original Fresnel lens - a growing rarity among lighthouses of its vintage. The lighthouse sits on the edge of a small island, connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. The rocky shoreline, trees, beach grasses and vast expanse of Lake Michigan add all kinds of visual interest and photographic possibilities.

So what goes wrong every time? The sky. You gotta have some clouds to catch and disperse the sunlight. Like in these photos.

It just hasn't happened yet for me at Cana Island. Not in the morning, anyway. I did get some good clouds once in the afternoon. But that was a few years ago.

This photo does offer some interest in the pools of water among the rocks on the shore that makes for some interesting positive/negative space action. But the lack of clouds just makes for a blah sky. I'll keep trying.

Makes me wonder if life would be blah if there were never any problems to reflect the light of the One who has promised His care.

God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13: 5b-6

Click on OK photo to enlarge. © 2005 James Jordan. Posted by Picasa


Stacey B said...

This picture is very nice. I would place it above OK. The contrast between the dark and the sky and reflection is beautiful. I have even made it wallpaper for my office computer. Thank you for sharing it! :)

James said...

Glad you found the photo attractive. It's really not bad, it just could have used more punch in the sky.