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Fisgard Lighthouse (HDR)

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The first lighthouse on Canada's west coast is still in operation! There hasn't been a keeper here since the light was automated in 1929, but every year many thousands of visitors step inside a real l9th century light, and capture some of the feeling of ships wrecked and lives saved.

Built by the British in 1860, when Vancouver Island was not yet part of Canada, Fisgard's red brick house and white tower has stood faithfully at the entrance to Esquimalt harbour. Once a beacon for the British Royal Navy's Pacific Squadron, today Fisgard still marks home base for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Inside the building are two floors of exhibits, dealing with shipwrecks, storms, far- flung lights, and the everyday working equipment of the light keeper a century ago. Right next to the tower stirs on the second floor, a specially-made video evokes the loneliness and isolation that was the lot of the l9th century keeper.

The waterfront sites at Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill are extremely photogenic, especially with the scenic backdrop of the Olympic Mountains in neighbouring Washington state.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca almost always offers a wide variety of ships, from small sailing vessels, to enormous cargo ships, and the proximity of the Canadian Navy base means that military craft of several nations are often seen at close range.

Wildlife at the sites includes Columbian black-tailed deer, river otters, mink, raccoons, harbour seals, and sea lions.

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  7. Erin Anne Beirne 44 months ago | reply

    I love the contrast between the sun on the lighthouse and the heavy clouds, behind.

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  9. vallayne 43 months ago | reply

    I love the colors in this picture so rich! I also love lighthouses.
    Thank you for posting.

  10. gionni br@vo 41 months ago | reply

    Stunning processing !!
    I add as my favs, with your permission. Thanks

  11. dido2011 40 months ago | reply

    Bravo Brandon

  12. Alessa Sunneva 38 months ago | reply

    really beautiful

  13. Batikart 37 months ago | reply

    Wonderful lighthouse ... love the colour contrast against the rocks ... great series Brandon!


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    Superb!

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  16. Crazyideas95 15 months ago | reply

    I love this lighthouse and fort! I thought I had the best photo of Fisgard, but this one is so much more dramatic! Beautiful lighting.

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