Welcome to the Island Rambles Blog
Welcome to my blog world. This is a photo blog, poetry and short story blog about my life on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.
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.