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So…..lighthouses

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I’m starting to feel repetitive here. All three of these lighthouses have appeared in this blog in years past. Still, lighthouses are irresistible, so maybe you won’t mind seeing them again. I didn’t mind visiting them again myself.

I was exploring the northern edge of the Upper Peninsualia, when I noticed a sign for Point Iroquois Light, and I remembered visiting it a few years ago.

A beautiful building.

During all the years I lived in the UP I never knew about this lighthouse. But it’s a special one, on a beautiful piece of land with a great view of Canada.

Canadian windmills across the way.

When we were here before it was open and we climbed the tower. This year covid has it closed, but I still enjoyed walking around the grounds. I was taking a picture of the lilac bushes along the front of the lighthouse when I realized there were butterflies everywhere.

Do you see them in this image?

So now you’ll have to indulge me while I show you some of those.

Hold still for a moment!

I spent a long time circling this lilac bush, trying to get a good shot of both types of butterflies.

I love the colors on the underside of this guy’s wings.

They didn’t stay still long, especially, it seemed, never stopping long in the sunlight.

Did you know the body of the monarch is spotted? I didn’t until just a couple weeks ago!

But it was so much fun to try. And in the end I got a few shots that I liked.

What a spectacularly beautiful day.

During this trip I camped at two locations, the first on the Straights, and the second at the mouth of the Hurricane River, where it empties into Lake Superior.

My site tucked into the trees. This was a beautiful, but rustic, campground.

This campground has a lighthouse too. You walk a mile and a half up a beautiful, wide, mostly level path above the shore of Lake Superior, out to the point where the lighthouse sits.

It’s a really pretty walk, though 1.5 miles starts to feel like a long way if you’re carrying all your photography gear.

My goal, when I made the reservation for this campground, was to do some night photography with the lighthouse in the foreground. It was a good plan.

Some of the coast here is rocky. All of it is beautiful.

I walked out there late in the afternoon one day. No one was out there, covid had this lighthouse closed too, so no park rangers were around.

Almost there!

No tourists either as the wind was picking up and another storm was on the way.

Au Sable Light Station, a beautiful compound.

It was kind of nice to have the place to myself.

I loved the colors of the brown ferns in the late afternoon light, with the red brick outbuilding.

On the other hand, it was still a couple of hours until the sun set, and a few more hours after that until it got really dark.

And I loved these sweet daisys with this building down near the water.

I started to feel uncomfortable with the thought of walking back down the path in the dark by myself. Plus there were no open restrooms out there.

The weather was changing.

So I reluctantly gave up on the idea of staying there until the stars came out. But I haven’t given it up totally. I plan to go back but bring someone with me so I’m not out there all alone!

The view from up there is stunning!

In the end it was good I headed back when I did. That evening the thunder began far off and quickly advanced until it was overhead. We ended up having 7 hours of pouring rain, lightening and thunder. I listened to it all from my cozy tent, glad I wasn’t running back through the dark and rain from the point!

As I listened to the pouring rain that night I thought about this open window in the tower. Bet no one closed it before the storm.

My last lighthouse is out at Whitefish Point. It’s a totally different sort of lighthouse from the other two.

This is the image everyone gets from the parking lot. It was starting to rain when I grabbed it.

And the beach there is totally different too.

Filled with huge fallen trees turned driftwood, tossed about by Lake Superior, it’s certainly not a swimmer’s paradise.

I had grand plans of trying to get the Milky Way behind the lighthouse. Or at least some stars.

Would have been cool with the Milky Way behind it.

It was sunny and 85 degrees when I left to drive up to Whitefish Point. When I arrived it was 58, windy and thunder was just off to the west. Another plan foiled.

And then the storm arrived.

So there you have it. Three lighthouses along the south shore of Lake Superior. Worth the trip even if I didn’t capture what I set out to get. I guess that’s the fun (and frustration) of photography.

There’s always next year. You won’t mind seeing them again, right?

It’s all about the light. And avoiding the rain.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

25 thoughts on “So…..lighthouses

  1. How I miss lilacs ! What a great trip, once again, so glad you brought us along!

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    • I was lucky enough to see them on two trips up north this spring. Those around here froze when we got 3 nights in late May below freezing. Up north they weren’t in bud during the cold snap, so they are beautiful there!

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  2. I’m pretty sure that spot to camp is a little hint at what heaven will be like!

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  3. All are beautiful in their own special way. You can never have too many lighthouses in your feed! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Spectacular place! Wonderful pictures. I guess Maine does not have a monopoly on lovely lighthouses. Glad you made it back before it rained. The open window made me smile as we recently had an experience with rain and open windows. I’ll be writing about it in today’s post. 😉

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  5. Once again, your photos are stunning! And I would be pleased to see them all again, perhaps even with some stars next time.

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  6. Beautiful photos! I love lighthouses… and good luck with your plan for next year!

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  7. Be glad for the wind at Whitefish Point. When I was there the flies were just terrible. I never did find out why they were so bad. The dogs just couldn’t tolerate them!

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  8. Any time is a good time for lighthouses. The butterflies were a wonderful addition this year!

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  9. I absolutely wouldn’t mind seeing them again! They’re just gorgeous … and those lilacs and butterflies? I’m still smiling over those! Sorry you didn’t get the shots you intended, but I’m glad you’re looking on the bright side — it does give you another “excuse” to make the trip up there again. And who knows what you’ll find then??!

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  10. Hooray! Lighthouses! No worries from me that the lighthouses are a repeat. A lot of my images are repeats but it is always fun to find a different way to look at an old favorite. Love the butterflies and lilacs.

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  11. I am going to sit a spell and take in all the GORGEOUSNESS you just shared with us. Oh My Heart!

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  12. Lighthouses are great! Almost as great as barns … and butterflies. 🙂

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