A lighthouse on a wild cliff


Giving images names can be so hard and I try not to do it too often, but I think if the post is just going to be about one image, I should make an attempt to name it.

The Cape Nelson Lighthouse was a little like the Port Fairy one, out on it’s own and, perhaps, left to the elements. The cliff that this one sits on, I can imagine, would get very windy and there wouldn’t be a lot of shelter from the elements. Even the day Pam, Mike and I were there we could see that. It wasn’t a bad day as far as the weather went, but you can sense that it could be really rough and really cold in winter when the wind picked up.

I took several long exposures of the lighthouse, but I loved the clouds in this one. I think one of the things about long exposures that I really enjoy is how you never quite know what you will get. You may think you know what the clouds are doing, and then you do the image and realize you don’t.

Without a doubt it is a place I want to go back to. They have lighthouse keepers cottages you can stay in, so I have already started planning my return trip. I don’t know when, but I do hope before the end of the year. I would like more time to explore the area and see how else I can get images of the lighthouse. Of course there are many things around it I would like to see as well. The whole area from Port Fairy to Portland is new for me, so I want to go back and see what else can I do.

I don’t think of myself as liking landscapes, but there is something about our coastline that really intrigues me. I don’t know if it is the ruggedness, or how inhospitable it can be, but there is something that makes me keep wanting to go back.



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  1. Leanne, may I ask a question. When I saw your image I knew I could write a poem about it. I do that often with my own photography. This image is stunning and moving (all at once) and I was wondering if it would be ok if I could write a poem about it, and then share that on my blog with your photograph. I would obviously credit you with the photograph. If that is not ok, I understand, though I’ll probably still write a poem that no one else would ever see. :). Have a great day and thanks so much for sharing your work. It’s great!

    1. Yes, that is okay, please make sure it is clear the image is mine, that there is a link back to me and send me a link when you have done it. Thanks.

  2. I like the mauve/purple hue you have given this shot. It somehow combines with that dramatic sky with its powdery clouds to suggest something foreboding.

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