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Monday, April 02, 2012

Fisgard Lighthouse Light

















Lighthouse and light today.  So I picked the darkest, rainy, drizzling, cloudy day to shoot Fisgard Lighthouse.  Thus I have added in some photos from Canada day when the light was excellent.  Todays memes are Our World Tuesday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Sweet Shot Tuesday, ABC Wednesday (the letter "L" today) and Outdoor Wednesday and check out Wordless Wednesday With Words.  I am not sure which ones I will remember to put the linky in.  These are all really great memes and what would a bloggers life be without memes.

I thought you may recognize this lighthouse as it is my header and I think it is time to take you inside Fisgard lighthouse. First the issue of the light, I could have, should have increased my ISO and my exposure.  It was right at dusk and I was using a lens that needed lots of light.  Oh well.

George Davies and his wife Rosina arrived here in 1860 and were the first lighthouse keepers on this the first lighthouse on the west coast of Canada. I wonder what she thought of it. Isolated, stormy and lonely.   The lighthouse was named after the frigate HMS Fisgard.  I am not sure I have this story correct but the frigate was originally named after the French frigate Resistance which was part of the last invasion attempt of Great Britain, 1797.  The French ship was blown in off course at Fishguard trying to invade Britain but due to a large number of Welsh ladies in tall black hats and red shawls they surrendered thinking it was the British troops.  The name could be a Viking name Fiskegaard.

We walk out to the lighthouse now on a causeway but the lighthouse keepers used to row out to the island in the worst weather.  I seem to remember a story about a Christmas when the lighthouse keepers family and friends were all arriving at the lighthouse in little row boats but a storm blew up and the keeper could see his friends and family in the row boats get washed out to sea.  Can't find any verification of this one though and not enough time to search.  This is why the blog is called Island Rambles.  I ramble.  Have a wonderful week and thanks to the meme hosts who allow us to party at their blog homes while they do all the work.


37 comments:

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots of the lighthouse!

maria said...

Great shots! Happy RT2!

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Nicky said...

These photos make me want to visit immediately. I adore the one's with the huge Canadian flag flowing - what a beautiful flag, it really looks fantastic. Happy Tuesday

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eileeninmd said...

Great post, I love lighthouses. This one is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, have a great week.

Linda McCane said...

I thought I recognized that from your header! What a wonderful photographic journey today! Thank you for the history to go along with it - very enjoyable! It is such a pretty lighthouse - I imagine it must have been a hard existence for the keepers to be isolated as they were.

Arija said...

What great pictures topped off by that magical header shot. I like your rambles very much indeed.

Jake said...

I love lighthouses!
I especially love the shot with the Canadian flag flying.
Just popped over from Ruby Tuesday!

Susan said...

These pictures are just amazing!! Enjoyed reading about this.

Have a blessed day♥

KaHolly said...

Ramble away!! It's fascinating. Your photos are exquisite! I enjoyed the interior tour very much. I have read a few books about the lives of lightkeepers. Can't say I know anyone in today's world that would have such stamina!

Scriptor Senex said...

I love the unusual table and view ouit of the window.

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Roger Owen Green said...

I think I would have gone mad if I were to have worked in a lighthouse years ago.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Luna Miranda said...

lighthouses are captivating and so romantic.:p i enjoyed your photos, thank you.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful lighthouse. I have been in a few but this is by far nicer than any of them.

jewaicious said...

What beautiful captures of color, light, contrasts, textures and setting.

Kim, USA said...

It's my dream to photograph lighthouses. Your photos are excellent.

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VioletSky said...

The lighthouse looks quite cosy inside - though I am sure it was not nearly so bright when the lighthouse keeper and his family lived there!

zongrik said...

great shots


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CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
What a beautiful lighthouse.
Thanks for sharing.
Love lighthouses and we have some of them around here.
Mette

Genie said...

Lighthouses are dreamy from the outside, but from the inside they are magical...like a little doll house. So little room to put so much. It is so amazing how the caretakers get it all in there. These are wonderful captures. genie

Tammy said...

Stunning series of photos! The lighthouse looks like an amazing place to visit! Glad your photos give a virtual tour:)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Pretty little lighthouse with a history. What a story about the keeper seeing his friends blown out to see.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

From memory you have the story about the ladies of Fishguard correct. Great photos of a wonderful location.

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous photos! You rarely see the inside of lighthouses. We used to visit the lighthouses on the Great Lakes in Michigan.

Wendy Sice said...

What a gorgeous lighthouse and building - I would live there in a second - if they have internet access and books of course, lol! :)

chubskulit said...

Light houses are beautiful!

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Pete said...

that's one lovely lighthouse!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos. It's nice to learn the history of these historic landmarks and I hope that story of the visitors drifting out to sea is just a story! I understand the government is releasing it's care of lighthouses to whoever can afford to look after them now. Even Peggy's Cove lighthouse! I wonder what will happen to them?

TheChieftess said...

Very nice shots of the lighthouse! The different angles...composition...well done!!!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks so much for the visits from old friends whose blogs I know so well and love and also to the new people who are exciting for me to meet.

I forgot to say that on the dark gloomy night that I took some of the photos ...no one else was there and as I walk up the isolated path there is a huge bear cage with a note saying by the way there is a bear in the area, please stay out. And I did not get the shot of the trap or the bear! I just left.

And forgot to give the location of the lighthouse, someone will point that out, it is part of Fort Rodd Hill National Historic site, just outside of Victoria, B.C. Canada.

Pat Tillett said...

What beautiful photos and story! It's so interesting. Not an easy life there, but a beautiful one...

Rambling Woods said...

I love light houses but have only been to one..this looks like a great place to visit..

cassandrasminicorner said...

Beautiful finds of RED..

Visiting for RT 2 - hope you can stop by:)

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Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a bright and bold lighthouse! Love the extra building feature on the side! And the decor is intriguing! Great lifestyle for the creative and dreamers!

Jeevan said...

Fantastic capture! And it’s great viewing the lighthouse from different angle and directions. The Lighthouse is indeed beautiful including the place it located... Interesting information on its background history! Coincidentally I too have a post on Lighthouse :)

Madge Bloom said...

Especially gorgeous shots, the weather gave you such brilliant light! And yes, I thought it was the same place as your header, thanks for the tour!

Tiago Braga said...

great photos, amazing! fantastic ligthouse

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