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The Beacon – Cape Florida Lighthouse   Leave a comment

Cape Florida Lighthouse

© 2013 Paul Coffin Photography

Growing up on the east coast of Nova Scotia, lighthouses held more than just a symbolic notion for me. Long since replaced by modern technology, the lighthouses of the past have become a tourist attraction and destination for history buffs and photographers alike. This particular lighthouse has an interesting history related to the Second Seminole War in 1835 as the keepers were trapped in the tower while they were attacked by the Seminoles.

The Unchanging View

© 2013 Paul Coffin Photography

© 2013 Paul Coffin Photography

Imagine back in 1836, looking out these very windows and knowing it could be the last view you ever saw of your home. John Thompson and his assistant, Aaron Carter faced that very reality and sadly it was indeed Aaron’s last moments in the tower before his death.

A Room With a View

© 2013 Paul Coffin Photography

As luck would have it, I arrived just in time to walk the 109 steps to the top of the lighthouse. In 1855, the tower was renovated adding an additional 30 feet reaching to a height of  95 feet, it’s current height at the observation deck.

The Beacon

© 2013 Paul Coffin Photography

Finally, with a little squeezing, I made it to the top of the lighthouse where the lens of the lighthouse sits, commonly known as the focal height, 100 feet up. Clearly not constructed for someone who is 6’3″, it was a space I could barely walk around in. It’s not often you get a chance to climb to the very top of a lighthouse and it was certainly a lucky chance that I was able to. These monolithic structures make great subjects for photographs and I am always on the look out (pun intended) for an opportunity to photograph them.

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Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia   1 comment

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia by Paulco_CDN
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, a photo by Paulco_CDN on Flickr.

In my provincial backyard near where I grew up are an amazing array of beautiful landscapes that dot the coastline. Nova Scotia is, as many Maritimers will attest, God’s country, at least those from Nova Scotia will say so.

My travels find me in exotic locales and sometimes  in the mundane, yet nothing has the visual magnetism for me, like my homeland. What is all the more exciting, certainly  in the context of my current home, is how many new places there are to discover in the world nearby.

Sometimes I feel like I need to “get away”, to find something visually appealing to photograph, and yet there are plenty of visually stimulating environments in my own proverbial backyard. This photo of Peggy’s Cove is one such area. I’m not sure I visited it more than half a dozen times during my childhood, but it is a must see each time I return home.

Posted January 16, 2012 by Paul Coffin in Maritime, Photography, Travel

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