The Presqui'le Lighthouse by Lynda   McDonald

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Photographed Nov 2/09, as/is no editing

Nikon D300,17 mm fl (12-24 wide angle lens)
f/10 ISO-400 AP monopod

Location: Presqui’le Provincial Park,Presqui’le Point,Lake Ontario, Brighton, ON , Canada

This historic structure is situated on the eastern point of the peninsuala formerly known as Gibson’s Point.
Nichol Hugh Baird was the engineer who designed this 69 foot octoganal stone tower that tapers to a pronounced flare at the top with a molded cornece . With a Gothic style doorway added………it had a magestic look. There was orginally an 8 sided cupula perched on top.
William Swetman Sr was Presqui’le’s first lighthouse keeper . He took care of it from 1884 -1871 until his death at age 86 . His grandson followed in his footsteps. Other keepers followed suit and supplemented their meager income by growing apples and raising livestock on the federal preserve acreage associated with the lighthouse.
Due to a poor choice in building stone the outside of the lighthouse started to crumble and fall into disrepair due to exposure to the elements. The lighthouse was originally constructed with limestone in 1840. Later, 54 years later it was wrapped in timber and clad with cedar shingles.
Today the lighthouse draws many tourists and local people on a daily basis. The interpretive centre has a wonderful display, all the history and the original cupula preserved.
There is just so much that could be said of this tiny pennisula. The birds and wildlife change with the seasons but are always abundant. Swallows and Flycatchers entertain the viewers from spring well into summer. Cormorants, herons, and various ducks fly low across the beautiful bay while you gaze at the sailboats. A walk up the stony path leads to the interpretive centre and vairous micro birds along the way hop in and out delighting the avid bird watchers. They stop and listen intently and quickly mark down their “sound” finds on their notepads,,,,,,,,,,then onto the next path or sighting. During the cold icy months of winter , ice and water pound against the shore and then in come the stunning Oldsquaw ducks now renamed Long Tailed Duck. Both the male and female completely change their summer feathers for a new winter look . If you have seen them fishing during the winter, diving down under the ice like little seals you would be so amazed .
As the story continues from my own personal perspective…………..i am most certain I will find new delights this winter as now I have a familiarity with the park, water, trails and how to find them.

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canada, historic, history, landscape, lighthouse, lighthouses, natural, ontario parks, presquile

Comments

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful view!Excellent work!Best regards,anna

  • thank you Dear Ana ! :)

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture, dear Lynda!

  • thank you Bela, glad u like it

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldalmost 5 years ago

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    Great framing and capture Lynda

  • thank you Trudi

    – Lynda McDonald

  • artsthrufotos
    artsthrufotosalmost 5 years ago

  • thank you art

    – Lynda McDonald

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic

  • thanks D !

    – Lynda McDonald

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 5 years ago

    Just a trully beautiful capture.

  • thank you Malcolm

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 5 years ago

    Wow…what a beautiful sky to set off that awesome lighthouse!! Lovely composition Lynda!

  • thanks Bevie

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    OOOO Lynda!!! I love this … wonderful crisp colors and detail .. fascinating lighthouse!!!! You caught the sky on a great day, too, hon!!

  • thank you Lois…………i always stop at the lighthouse when i’m out at presqui’le !

    – Lynda McDonald

  • ilpo laurila
    ilpo laurilaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Lynda.

  • thank you ilpo

    – Lynda McDonald

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