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Field of Driftwood

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You will find driftwood on just about any beach. Trees get knocked down in storms, fall into a lake and the water current takes them along for a ride.

In time, the currents carry the drifting wood back to shore and deposit it. Maybe a high tide will sweep the wood back out for another ride on the water or maybe this will be the permanent home for the piece of driftwood.

This field of driftwood is at the far eastern end of the beach at Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio.

In the background is the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse.

 

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The Irresistible Lure of the Beach

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It’s the last day of summer 2017. We decided to have a picnic at Headlands Beach State Park and take a walk on the beach there.

It’s a warm day and in fact is the first of what will be five consecutive record setting days of temperatures in the 90s in Northeast Ohio.

We’re headed toward the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse, although we don’t get that far down.

There are a few people on the beach, although it being a Thursday in late September that is to be expected.

There is something about the lure of a beach and water. I could visit here every day.

 

Anchors Aweigh

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The original lighthouse in Vermilion, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie was razed years ago, but the town has built a replica.

The lighthouse stands in front of what was a museum, complete with a ship’s anchor on the lawn.

Both were standing watch over the lake during a recent visit that I made.

Good Day to Go Sailing

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I was in South Haven, Michigan, to photograph the lighthouse which can be seen to at right at end of a long pier extending out into Lake Michigan.

The lighthouse guards the entrance to the harbor, which is a channel that makes for a good place to watch the boats come and go.

A sailboat is motoring out into the lake and will have plenty of wind in its sails once it unfurls them.

I Found Erie Harbor North Pier Light on the Second Try

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Last summer I paid my first visit to Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania, with the primary purpose of seeing the two lighthouses located there.

It took me a while to find the first of them, Presque Isle Light. I made wrong turns a couple of times and traffic was heavy, it being a Sunday afternoon.

I decided not to even try to find the other lighthouse located in the park, Erie Harbor North Pier Light. That would wait for another day, which turned out to be a weekday in late August after school had started and traffic in the park was much lighter.

I was able to find the lighthouse without any problems, but was slightly disappointed that it was not nearly as grand as Presque Isle Light or a number of other lighthouses that I’ve photographed.

As its name suggests, Erie Harbor North Pier Light is located on a pier. From a photography standpoint, it is best photographed in the afternoon. I was there in the morning.

I have this lighthouse on my list of places to revisit this summer.

Yes, I’ve Been to Marblehead Lighthouse

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Someone on Facebook saw a recent image that I posted of a lighthouse in Maine and asked if I’d been to Marblehead lighthouse on Lake Erie near Port Clinton, Ohio.

It was a legitimate question to ask given that I live in Northeast Ohio.

Yes, I’ve been to Marblehead and I posted an image from there last year. Maybe it didn’t make it onto Facebook from my website from this website.

Whatever the case, here is another image I made at Marblehead that day that shows not the lighthouse and the keeper’s house.

I like this image because of the contrast between the growing shadows of late day and the golden hour light that is present on the structures.

Had I been much later in arriving all of this scene would have been in shadows.

It Was Along the Way

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My interest in photographing lighthouses is of recent vintage. Although I’ve had an interest in lighthouses for awhile it didn’t crystallize until I bought a book nearly two years ago devoted to lighthouses of the Great Lakes.

That has given rise to a fantasy of making a trek to photograph all of the lighthouses of the Great Lakes.

That won’t happen, but I can “collect” photographs of as many of them as I can.

This image of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was made on slide film during an era before my interest in photographing lighthouses had blossomed.

I was traveling with a friend back to Traverse City, Michigan, after a day trip to Sault Ste Marie to see the locks there.

While passing through Mackiac City we stopped so I could get some photographs of the famous Mackinac Bridge from the shore.

The lighthouse just happened to be there so I photographed it. I didn’t make many images of the lighthouse and if I get back there again I’ll have to remedy that situation.