Situated on the end of a rocky spit of land known as Yarmouth Bar,of which the tip is Cape Fourchu, the lighthouse is at the extreme south-west end of Nova Scotia, Canada. The Atlantic Ocean beyond brews up a vast mixture of weather, much of it gales or hurricane strength.Though this was a lovely evening, the flags are straight out in the wind. Over the horizon in a straight line, the nearest land is South America.
The lighthouse guards the entrance to Yarmouth harbour, which at 1870 was the second largest port of registry for shipping in all of Canada.

The original lighthouse was built in 1840, and the present one in 1962. It’s often called the “apple-core” because of the shape of the concrete tower, which was the prototype for this kind of light tower in the world. It’s only 5 feet in diameter,greatly decreasing wind resistance, and a spiral staircase inside allows access to the top. No visitors are permitted inside. The light throws a one-million candlepower beam which can be seen over 30 nautical miles out to sea.
In 2003 the lighthouse was designated a Registered Heritage property by the Province of Nova Scotia.

July 23, 2010
Fuji S100FS camera

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  • Pam Hogg
    Pam Hoggover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot. Love the sky in this.

  • Hi Pam, I bounced over to the other side of the! Thanks very much, glad you liked it. It was mid-evening, very lovely, but a gale of wind!

    – George Cousins

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Fabulous lighthouse shot!

  • Hi Wendi, many thanks my friend, glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 3 years ago


  • Greatly appreciated, Monica, thanks you!

    – George Cousins

  • Sherri Fink
    Sherri Finkover 3 years ago

    Lovely photo, George!

  • Thanks very much Sherri, glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 3 years ago

  • Delighted to receive the Feature, and thank you for the honour!

    – George Cousins

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyover 3 years ago

    20 August 2011


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    Mike & Gene

  • Thanks again, Mike and Gene, you’re really being good to! Glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    Congratulations again George, doing good on racking up the features tonight, woohooooo

  • Hi again Vickie, thanks my dear..just getting around to catching up. Been having some good weather here and trying to get some work done around the house so haven’t been on here hardly at all for a week or two. Too much to do, too few hours..:>)

    – George Cousins

  • Stephen Stephen
    Stephen Stephenover 3 years ago

    Great image George! I’ve got to get to Cape Fourchu someday.

  • Hi Stephen, thanks so much for your kind comment. I hope you do get there eventually, just try to check the weather’s renowned for days and sometimes weeks of pea-soup fog. Quite nice ambience, but not so good for! We were very lucky; the evening before this, we had a storm with heavy rain, high winds and yet it all went away overnight!

    – George Cousins

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