Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Canada Vacation - Post 02 - Lighthouses

I've always have loved lighthouses. I'm not sure what it is that calls to me, but if I know there's a lighthouse somewhere I will try to get there and make a picture of it.

The first one pictured, is actually the last one I took a photo of. It is the lighthouse in Peggy's Cove and quite posibly the most fotographed lighthouse in Novo Scotia, is not in all of Canada. It was Canada Day (1st of July) and our last day in Canada. Luckily we arrived early enough to beat the crowds. The weather was brilliant and it was for the first time in three weeks we actually saw a clear blue sky.

This lighthouse (and the sky behind it) is more typical for what we had for most of the trip. It is the light house in Cow's Head on the West coast of Newfoundland.

This lighthouse is the one in Cape Spear, the Eastern most point in North America. Again is was foggy and the first sound we heard when we arrived there was the deep bass of the foghorn blowing every minute or so. This is actually the new lighthouse there, there's another historical building a few meters away that is the original lighthouse.

The funniest lighthouse (in my opinion) was this one in Bonavista. This is the more traditional style of lighthouses, where the lighthouse is actually more of a house for the lighthouse keeper and his family living on the premise. Today, all the lighthouses are automaticized (is that a word?), though, so no lighthouse keepers needed anymore.
This last building is obviously not a lighthouse. This is the Cabot Tower in St. John's, marking the place John Cabot on St. John's Day 1497 (24th June) set foot for the first time on North American soil.
This place is interesting for at least one more historical reason. It is the place where in 1901 Guglielmo Marconi received first wireless transatlantic signal from Cornwall in England, basically jump starting the modern communication age.

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