Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Balance Lines and Navigational Aids

I have long been fascinated by that place where the sky touches the land, or the sea; that place, especially at the sea shore or on the prairies which provides a balance line; that place on the shore where the line of waves roll in then out, constantly changing the line. And I love those places which are marked "look out, could be dangerous"; marked by lighthouses and buoys; navigational markers. When we were in Grand Manan we walked to the Swallow Tail Lighthouse, the one the ferry swings about to enter harbour, where there is a suspended walkway to the point, scarily high and again you are between two points, balanced.

The Swallowtail Lighthouse, Grand Manan, 2014

The Swallowtail Lighthouse firmly grounded, these guy wires were impressive, 2014

Looking up, The Swallowtail Lighthouse, 2014

Looking out, which we were unfortunately unable to do, but I borrowed this great shot by my sister Norah Davidson-Wright©, The Swallowtail Lighthouse, summer 2014. These windows are an engineering marvel.

Herring weir [called Intruder]{thanks Norah!]  at the lighthouse, 2014

at The Swallowtail Lighthouse, 2014

and at the other end of the island the Southwest Head Lighthouse, 2014

And if any of you are as obsessed as I with light houses, and love watching the changing weather, light and balance line, here is a link to video cams of The Swallowtail Lighthouse. I check it out several times a day!


  1. Heavenly. That's the kind of place where I can sit forever - breathing in it all, absorbing it, storing it away in my memory for a time when needed. Thank you for sharing. I needed this today.

  2. I love this spot. Unfortunately, I have no access to the video cam. Have a great day.

    1. It sometimes takes a while to load Inge, and sometimes it's down,so try again and good luck!

  3. I left this morning on the first boat. Those are the images I carry. Thanks Liz.
    (By the way, it is a Herring weir, and it is named Intruder!. All the weirs are named)

    1. Thanks for the info Norah, I love that they name the weirs!xoxox


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