Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, Michigan by John Absher

Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, Michigan by 

Wawatam Lighthouse at the entrance to the Marina in St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It stands at the end of an old railroad dock which was once used to load railroad cars onto a ferry to transport them between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. The city of St. Ignace has renamed he lighthouse after the 338-foot Chief Wawatam rail car ferry. It rises 52 feet in the air at the end of a newly constructed Huron Boardwalk and serves as a sentinel to the city’s marina. The beacon projects 13.2 miles over Lake Huron and will serve as a navigational aid to boaters. This lighthouse was acquired from the Monroe Michigan Welcome Center in 2004, was moved to St. Ignace in five sections, and went operational on August 20th, 2006.

Taken with Canon 30D DSLR and 17-85 mm Lens at focal length of 77mm.


  • Mike Griffiths
    Mike Griffithsover 5 years ago

    Hi John! This is incredible work as always, my friend. I host the Communities photo group and was wondering if you might consider adding this?

  • Hi Mike. Not sure how long ago you posted comment, but apologize for delay responding. Things have been very hectic lately.

    Thank you very much for the kind words and the invite . . . i.e, to “Communities” group. I am honored that you would ask and have added it.

    – John Absher

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 5 years ago

    Nice work!

  • Thank you very much Richard . . . greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnover 5 years ago

    The colors are wonderful!

  • As good as Nikon?? … LOL … my daughter is a Nikon user, so we have an ongoing bantering going on between us. All in fun though, seems to me they are both outstanding.

    Glad you like the shot “Nikon” John … greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • Adam Bykowski
    Adam Bykowskiover 5 years ago

    Nice crop. Playing around with the colors ay? Looks good.

  • Thanks Adam. Don’t know how long it’s been since you left you comment. Sorry for delay in responding. Things been hectic lately. Yes, I have been working with this one and finally came up with something I liked. I have printed and framed a couple 14 × 17′s of this shot for the art show and I was elated at how they looked. Since the didn’t sell though, they’re now hanging in my family room along with about 40 other pieces. Beginning to look like my own gallery in my family room, but needed to get them off the floor so we could walk and kinda like having them where I can see them. I did like this portrait crop better than the original landscape crop I shot it in.

    – John Absher

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 5 years ago

    beautiful image John. Each pole has a bird on it

  • Thank you very much Tallow. Funny thing about the gulls is that when I was shooting this, I hadn’t really even noticed them. I was more focused on all the lights/lighting that was available, how they partially highlighted the lighthouse and the pier and how they helped make the shot possible since this was actually taken about 4:30 am before the sun was quite visible at all.

    – John Absher

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 5 years ago

    Very nicely taken, including framing, dof and exposure! Lovely work! : )

  • Thank you very much Sandy . . . greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture – - – beautiful!!

  • Thanks Lorilee … as always, greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesover 5 years ago

    hi, john!! this is just perfect – love the color, comp, dof. well done, my friend.

  • Hi Back at ya Victoria. Thank you very much for your kind words. Glad you like this . . . comments greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • Mike Griffiths
    Mike Griffithsover 5 years ago

    Congratulations my friend, and Happy New Year! This is so beautiful and was just waiting to be featuired! :)

  • Thank you very much Mike … As Usual, Greatly Appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanover 5 years ago

    A beauty!

  • Thank you very much Ricky … love your handle (and sense of humor??), but since I don’t know you, was hesitant to call you shitpants. Greatly appreciate the kind word Ricky!!

    – John Absher

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