What Do Lighthouse Keepers Read

Nigel Bangert

Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom

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Impressions of Dungeness
The Lighthouse Keeper at Dungeness is lost in a book as tourists climb to the top and take in the view.
The Old Lighthouse is a historic Grade11 listed building, constructed in 1904 and decommissioned in 1960 when a new lighthouse was built closer to the ever increasing coastline and to compensate for the building of the nuclear power station.
Dungeness is formed mostly of a shingle beach in the form of a cuspate foreland. Cuspate forelands are also known as cuspate barriers or Nesses. They extend outwards from the shoreline in a triangular shape and in the case of Dungeness are stabilized by vegetation forming a unique eco system.
Dungeness is served by the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway. It has two nuclear power stations, one active and one shut down, as well as two light houses one of which was manned, now a tourist attraction and the other computer controlled. The shoreline, unlike a lot of the UK which is being eroded is actually being added to, so the original lighthouse became too far in land to warn shipping.
There is a long history of fishing from the beach where winches and bulldozers are used to haul boats up the high shingle bank.
The houses and fishermen’s huts form part of the charm of this amazing place.

Nikon D3100 with Sigma 10-20 zoom.
Single RAW file processed in CS3 with Color Efex filters.

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