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Lighthouse photographs and reflections on life

by | Aug 13, 2019 | Photography

A lighthouse is more than what the Cambridge Dictionary says it is: “a tall structure by the sea with a flashing light that warns ships of dangerous rocks or shows them the way into a port.” It serves to inspire writers, painters, photographers and anybody whose mind has not been jaded by the mundane and the practical. As a piece of architecture, it shares one thing in common with cathedrals, mosques and temples: it appeals to the eye as well as the spirit.

Cockspur Island Lighthouse, 2016 (merged from two photos)
Photo credit: Billy Birdwell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. ~ Henrik Ibsen

Lighthouse in Azores, Portugal, 2019
Photo credit: Tom Swinnen

Good fortune will elevate even petty minds, and gives them the appearance of a certain greatness and stateliness, as from their high place they look down upon the world; but the truly noble and resolved spirit raises itself, and becomes more conspicuous in times of disaster and ill fortune... ~ Plutarch

Anacapa Island and Lighthouse, 2016
Photo credit: NOAA, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. ~ Francis Bacon

Unidentified lighthouse, 2019
Photo credit: Mael Balland

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. ~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

The light, 2015
Photo credit: Linda Watts

Seeing into darkness is clarity.
Knowing how to yield is strength.
Use your own light
and return to the source of light.
This is called practicing eternity.

~from the Tao-te Ching (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

Lighthouse in Rethimno, Greece, 2017
Photo credit: Jim Kalligas

A light here required a shadow there. ~ Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse 

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia, 2011
Photo credit: Bernard Spragg

I call on your pride. Remember what you’ve done, what you dream of doing, and rise up. Great Heavens, consider yourself with more respect! ~ Gustave Flaubert

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2016
Photo credit: Brad Penney

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. ~ Louisa May Alcott

Newfoundland–42, 2011
Photo credit: Alan Schmierier

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads. ~ Anatole France

Mellum Lighthouse, North Sea, 2016
Photo credit: Nane Kratzke

I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. ~ William Faulkner

~ Barista Uno

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