Friday, January 20, 2006

Lighthouse week: Photo #7

Split Rock Lighthouse, Beaver Bay, Minnesota

This is one of the classic U.S. lighthouses. Located about 40 miles north of Duluth, MN on the shores of Lake Superior, the Split Rock Lighthouse, like so many others, is no longer an active beacon, having been replaced by technological advances in navigation.

While in Minnesota a couple of years ago, I was impressed by how similar the shores of Lake Superior were in makeup to the Atlantic coast of Maine. Both areas feature layer upon layer of igneous rock carved by glaciers which in some places formed magnificent bluffs rising above the water line. And both areas are separated by 1,500 miles.

I tried to capture the north woods mystique in this photos, which was taken mid-afternoon on a rather gray, lackluster day. Some PhotoShop adjustment of overall and selective levels and vignetting seem to do the trick.

Thus comes to a close a week of lighthouses. I'll start a new theme on Sunday. Oh, and the several inches of snow fell on the Chicago area this evening (finally -- it's been brown and bleak here for weeks, now). I'm heading out in the morning with a camera.

Click on picture to hear the loons (just kidding). Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great shot to wrap up with--this is really gorgeous. The tree adds lots of detail and beauty. Will be looking forward to the snow shots. V. Schroeder

DaveM said...

Yes .......I agree a really dramatic shot, very powerful. for me one of the best. Enjoy your blog and the great pictures. no bull, but your pictures are inspirational. Thanks

PhilB said...

Great series James and a nice way to end it. All the lighthouses in the UK are automated now. Is it the same in the US?

Rosslee said...

I try to imagin that I could hear the loons in the background and all I could was my screaming parrot instead.

Although I do not post much here, I still enjoy coming back time after time again and again.

Enjoy your pictures alot.

Voices in my Head said...

really lovely pictures--great site--i'll be back

James said...

Thanks, all for your kind comments.

V., I got some snow shots this morning. Hoping to get some posted in a day or so!

davem and roslee, I always try to capture the inspiration that I feel when I am taking the picture - that mysterious something that caused me to want to take it in the first place. I'm glad it came through for you! I also enjoy stopping by your blog from time to time.

philb, as far as I know all U.S. lighthouses are automated. A few are manned by U.S. Coast Guard personnel, but the lights are set automatically.

voices, you are welcome back anytime!