Friday, February 24, 2006

In hard places

The shoreline of the state of Maine is very similar to the deep fjords of Norway. Hundreds of long, thick fingers of rock, born of volcanic and glacial activity create a shoreline that, if it were extended in a straight line, would be equal in distance to that of California.

The lighthouses situated at the head of these rocky outgrowths are as rugged as the geology upon which they stand. Many, like the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point, pictured here, were built of the rocks found nearby. Field rubble, they call it.

We are formed by the harsh and hard field rubble of life. We, like the stations of light on the rocky coast, have opportunity to offer help and hope to others who will travel the same difficult path.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2005 James Jordan.

5 comments:

Cat said...

Beautiful photo. My mother has a fascination with lighthouses and this one captured my attention because of the view. It makes it look very regal.

Otto K said...

Terrific photo, James. The composition is wonderful as is the vibrant blue of the sky.

Empress Baggie said...

You need to publish a coffee-table book with your photos and equally interesting captions!

glenn said...

creep . . . crawl . . . inch your way . . . even grovel . . . to the Path.

James said...

Cat, It felt regal to see the house atop sheets of rock. I just tried to capture that feeling the best I could. Thanks!

Otto, thank you! Sorry to read that you've been under the weather. You've still managed to post some great pics yourself!

Empress, somewhere in the back of my mind is that idea. Thanks for the encouragement!

Glenn ... you understand what I was getting at. Thanks!