Cape Byron Lighthouse, looking up, 16/11/2010 by Odille Esmonde-Morgan

Cape Byron Lighthouse, looking up, 16/11/2010 by 


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Went down to Byron again today (16/11/2010) with David, a friend from a photo forum. We were unlucky, we’d just arrived and started to shoot and a film crew came up and they had paid for a permit so we had to move out. They were putting a couple of trucks and had 50 people so it would have been impossible to shoot anyway.

But I did snap this one by putting the Lumix on its back on top of the camera case and using 2 sec delay self timer.

Lumix FZ35

And I am honoured to have been featured in Photographic Excellence – from the Outback to the Coast! Group
and was a placegetter in the All ABout Lighthouses May Avatar Challenge

In and Around Byron – 25 June 2011
In and Around Brisbane – 27 June 2011

Shot with LumixFZ35

The Cape Byron Lighthouse is Australia’s most easterly light being situated on the most easterly point of the mainland. It is also Australia’s most powerful Lighthouse. It was constructed of prefabricated concrete blocks in 1901 and is (of course) Australia’s most easterly lighthouse at Latitude 028° 38.4’ S. Longitude 153° 38.1’ E.

It is built in the James Barnet style, by his successor, Charles Harding. James Barnet, the New South Wales colonial architect, was renowned for his towers having large ornate crowns and so they are easily distinguished.

The first-order optical lens, which weighs 8 tonnes, was made by the French company, Societe des Establishment, Henry Lepante, Paris. It contains 760 pieces of highly polished prismatic glass.

The original concentric six wick burner was 145,000 cd (candle power). This was replaced in 1922 by a vapourised kerosene mantle burner which gave an illumination of 500,000 cd.

In 1956, the light became Australia’s most powerful, at 2,200,00 cd when it was converted to mains electricity. At the same time the clock mechanism was replaced by an electric motor.

An auxiliary fixed red light is also exhibited from the tower to cover Juan and Julian Rocks to the north east.

A great banquet was arranged for the opening in 1901 and many dignitaries, including the NSW Premier of the day John See, were invited. However due to adverse weather conditions the Premier’s ship was delayed by till the following day and the banquet was held without him. The opening by the Premier took place a day late on the Sunday.

It is interesting to note that Cape Byron was named by Captain Cook after John Byron, grandfather of the famous poet.

Operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the lighthouse is at an elevation of 118metres, and its 2,200,000 cd 1000W 120 Volt tungsten halogen lamp flashes white every 15 seconds, having a range of 27 nautical miles (40 kilometres).

The ownership of the reserve was handed over to the Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales in 1998. The reserve was already under a lease to the Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust who maintain and secure the site and buildings. It is currently used as a base for whale watching.

And you can experience the lifestyle of former lighthouse keepers as the fully refurbished, heritage-listed cottages are available for overnight stays. Located in Cape Byron State Conservation Area on the headland near the most easterly point of the Australian mainland the Assistant Lighthouse Keepers Cottages offer one of the areas truly unique holiday experiences. A national park holiday you won’t forget!

These two separate heritage cottages have been renovated with period furniture and modern appliances so that your stay is comfortable. Watch the dolphins, turtles and whales playing in the sanctuary of the Cape Byron Marine Park and enjoy 360 degree views of Byron Bay’s coastline and surrounding world heritage national parks.

See for details

In the late 1970s I completed the 2 years of a 4 yr Professional Photography Cert at TAFE, but was defeated by the physics of lenses.
In 2004 I bought my first DSLR & now shoot full time with medium format digital and professional Canon DSLRs.
I provide tuition to small groups via photography workshops for small groups (max 5) and Photoshop PP classes, and conduct small group photography tours to Australian & (soon) NZ destinations.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot!

  • Thanks Pam, I’ve never ‘seen’ it from that angle on previous visits, I was rootling about in the camera bag and looked up and thought ’hhhmm . . . ’, and Voila!

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured in “Australia – from the Outback to the Coast"

    Your photograph demonstrates the high quality of photography we are seeking in our group, and portrays the beauty of our wonderful country. We hope you continue to submit photographs of this outstanding quality to our group.

  • Thank you very much, always an honour to be featured

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Cole Stockman
    Cole Stockmanover 4 years ago

    Love the subtle colours and composition of this one, well done!

  • Thanks Cole

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    Excellent POV and capture !!!! ☺♥

  • Thanks, Evita

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardover 4 years ago

    Nice image of the lighthouse too Odille

  • Thanks, Kym

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in the group “In, & around Byron”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in the Byron group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thank you very much

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work to Let There Be Light June 2011

  • Thanks for having me!

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

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