Wales, last year

Incoming from a correspondent – a photograph which includes a lighthouse.


Regular readers will know that I’m a sucker for a photograph which includes a lighthouse, and this is no exception. I’m told that this is Porthcawl in the midst of a 2015 winter storm. Whether that’s correct or not (looking at images having googled ‘Porthcawl’ would suggest that it is), it’s an amazing picture.

While all the focus is drawn to the dramatic, angrily competing seas centre stage, the nearly insignificant red light of the lighthouse plays a wonderful cameo on the left.

Very nice.

Thanks A Correspondent 

New Brighton Light

After Liverpool’s dramatic win last night, something scouse seemed appropriate. This is almost scouse.
The New Brighton Lighthouse in Merseyside doesn’t work anymore – it hasn’t worked for over 40 years – but that doesn’t stop it being photographed an awful lot. That’s probably because of its proximity to semi-human habitation, being right at the mouth of the River Mersey.


Alternatively, you can grab a quick shot from the other side if you’re passing.

Either way, when you’re a bit short of time and you need a quota photo of a lighthouse, New Brighton features at the top of the quantity and, fairly often, the top of the quality scale as well.

Note the Liverpool Giraffe Sanctuary in the background.


I’ve got a massively busy day ahead, including several (or more) experiments in the lab and then a fairly long drive later. There will be beer and brandy at the end of the fairly long drive, but that doesn’t help you much if you’re after a 6000 miles…  blog post.

In times such as these, I head for the quota photo cabinet, usually immediately delving into the lighthouse section, and today is no exception.

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This is the Chicken Rock lighthouse, perched (appropriately enough) upon the Chicken Rock (well, where else would you put it?), just off the SW coast of the Isle of Man (and we’ve seen it before on the blog).

The 44 metres (144 ft) lighthouse is constructed of tapered granite and was designed by David and Thomas Stevenson, after the lights on the Calf of Man were insufficient at warning ships away. Construction finished in December 1874, with the first official lighting day taking place on 1 January 1875.

Thomas, by the way, was the father of famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

If you’re interested, there’s some interesting Chicken Rock Lighthouse history here.

Another lighthouse

I’m heading down to Agulhas this evening for a much-deserved break, and I’m determined to do some braai’ing, some exercise and some photography, so look out for the results of at least one of those things on here over the weekend.


Of course, there’s a famous lighthouse down there too, but this one, in North Wales, UK, popped up on my flickr feed (from the same guy that did this), and you know what I’m like with lighthouses.

So, if you’ll excuse me, the open road and some fresh sea air await.
Once I’m finished here in the lab.


Toggers! Here’s an excuse to blow your own trumpet (if you’ll pardon the expression).

I was uploading some lousy sunset shots onto Flickr when I spotted the Your Best Shot 2015 group being advertised. As you might already have guessed, this is a group into which members are encouraged to upload the ONE shot that they consider the best that they took and uploaded to Flickr in 2015. And as you might also already have guessed, beauty being in the eye of the beholder, there are a range of shots from the extraordinary to the… well… rather ordinary.

Butterflies, beaches, birds and black and white feature prominently, but being such a diverse collection, it’s difficult to pick a favourite.  There are already around 20,000 images submitted (presumably) by around 20,000 individuals, and having gone through the first few pages, nothing has jumped out at me screaming “Ignore any potential copyright restrictions and put me on your blog!” yet.

So here’s one of a lighthouse.


It’s from here.

The group is worth a look (click through on the link above) if you have some time. And it’s also got me thinking about which shot I would choose, if I were so asked. If I can be bothered (and I manage to stay awake long enough), I might have a go. (I might not.)
If YOU were choosing your best effort, what would it be?