I climbed up the lighthouse a little after most of the group. I had been photographing birds in the heathland,so nearly missed the experience. Stuart was painting, so he and I went in again later, and then in the evening some of us climbed up again, it is rather spellbinding! They all excitedly insisted that I go inside the the huge Fresnal lens.
It was fascinating. Curved sections refracted light and images, people inside the lens appeared larger than usual, the distortions caused a sense of wonder and lots of laughter. Sometimes rainbows appeared, at others I could see right through to the sea beyond.
I really loved the geometric shapes made by the upper and lower sections of the lens. Imagine all the work the lighthouse keeper had just keeping those glass sections polished! Can you see the relatively small globe, the source of the light that once flashed out across the ocean to warn ships of the rocky Cape?
The original oil-fired lantern could be seen 19 nautical miles out to sea as it flashed every minute on a revolving, clockwork mechanism that still remains in the lighthouse. The mechanism made by Chance Bros Birmingham can still be seen today. The original lighthouse needed a team of three lighthouse keepers to keep the beacon going. The keepers were on duty at all times and each would take a five hour shift overnight to keep watch and make sure the light never went out. Before electrification the keeper had to had to crank a handle and raise a set of iron weights up through the centre of the lighthouse every 45 minutes with each winding process taking five minutes or more. The weights would slowly descend again, keeping the light turning on its axis.
For me, part of the pleasure of a lighthouse was simply enjoying the spiral staircase, a fine work of art on its own!
17 thoughts on “Inside the Light”
Oh boy! How wonderful and exciting to see the inside of this lighthouse. The designs and the way you photographed the lens is absolutely amazing. I love their shapes and the reflections. Excellent job!
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Amazing photos. Makes book club look like an exciting pastime. Were you discussing lighthouse novels? Any novels? Or just being there?
I like the slideshow capacity of this format.
Really like the views inside the lighthouse.
That’s likely to be the closest I will get to a lighthouse lens! (The bulb looks so small in comparison) I don’t think I could cope with the lighthouse stairs. They look beautiful but also steep!
What a wonderful experience! I know I would have enjoyed that. Although I’m not sure I could have handled the staircase. 🙂
That lens is a work of art – beautiful.
yes, there must have been craftsmen who specialised in those big lenses once upon a time!
I find this very difficult to imagine, if you go into the lens at night would your image reflect out to sea? 🙂 The stairway is beautiful!
I think your shadow would block the light … but I love that idea … I thought the stairway was great!
On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM, dadirridreaming wrote:
Stunning photos! Such a powerful look in the geometrics of the lighthouse. Thanks for posting this!
What fun, Christine. Love all the playful prism shots 🙂
The white on grey is easier to read too.
thanks Jo, I appreciate your feedback … I changed it after your last comment!
You really captured the geometrics of the lighthouse! As narrow as it is, it must not be easy to take pictures…
oh my…what fun to be able to see this
emozionante ed impressionante! very Amazing shot
How fascinating! Had never heard of the Fresnel lens before, so thank you! You have managed some fantastic shots Christine. Love the refractions 🙂