National Lighthouse Day

I have been a bit derelict at writing my posts lately.  But last month I was busy watching the Tour de France and now it’s the Olympics.  You can see how exhausted all of this activity has left me.

Ms. Mar whispered that today is National Lighthouse Day and my ears perked up.  I immediately thought: Lighthouse = Water = Boats = Fishermen = (Chicken of the Sea… huh?) Fish!

Grand Marais Harbor Lighthouse
Grand Marais Harbor Lighthouse

And you all know how much I love fish and chicken (but that’s for another post).

Grand Marais Harbor Lighthouse at Sunset
Grand Marais Harbor Lighthouse at Sunset

Ms. Mar initially thought I was actually interested in the lighthouses so she gave me a little quiz:

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon
Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon

1.  Why are lighthouses painted differently?

Haceda Head Lighthouse, Oregon
Haceda Head Lighthouse, Oregon

2.  How do boats use the lighthouses to navigate in the dark?

3.  How many lighthouses are there in the United States?

Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior, MN
Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior, MN

As you can tell, Ms. Mar is way over the top on this subject.  Who cares about a house that shines a bright light at night?  I’m more interested in how to get the fish in the boat into my dinner bowl!

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon
Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon

But, since she took the time to get the answers to these questions, I’d be interested to know how smart her readers are, or how many are like me and don’t care. (They’re actually pretty easy . . . I looked it up on the internet).  Or even easier, you can go to her daily blog and get the answers there (click here).

Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Oregon
Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Oregon

I like Ms. Mar, so play along and answer her questions.  It will make her feel good enough to maybe upgrading my menu.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Oregon
Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Oregon


This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. disperser

    Lighthouses . . . my favorites as well . . .

    Excellent captures.

  2. nitzus

    single tux photo>lighthouses photos. 😉

  3. niasunset

    Amazing lighthouse photographs… Fascinated me. But you can guess which one is my best 🙂 I loved her so much, Thank you, dear Maralee, love, nia

  4. Samsara

    Thank you

  5. pahari.s

    I have been to this plca thrice but never saw it so captivating as they are in your pics. Next time i visit it my perspectives would be totally different thanks to you..

  6. Wow the Split Rock lighthouse and the Yaquina Head lighthouse, so beautiful. Its inspired me to go by the lighthouse nearby on Sullivan’s Island. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much. I have a soft spot for lighthouses. 🙂 I look forward to seeing your lighthouse photographs.

      1. I didn’t think to take a pic! I was just going to sit there and eat lol. I will take a pic, post it and let you know when it is there 😉

  7. sandy

    You sure photographed some pretty ones.

  8. Brenda


    Miss Mar has indeed made some wonderful photos here of lighthouses. Here in Canada our Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is receiving a new paintjob, So we are hoping that means it has been saved. Our Canadian gov’t is wanting to either sell our historial lighthouses to community heritage groups or take them down, and they are really quite lovely structures with historical value, as we can certainly see from the photos of yours here.

    So, did you find some tasty fish in your dinner bowl, as well?


    1. Ms. Mar feeds me well . . . probably too well. She has never been to Peggy’s Cove lighthouse, but she has showed me pictures. Maybe some day she will take me there.

  9. Phil Lanoue

    Terrific images!
    (we have a 21 year old tux cat, “Jack”) 🙂

  10. bwbears

    I really like lighthouses! how they stood out from the background e.g. a setting sun, what a scene any photographer can dream of…

    1. Lighthouse are one of Ms. Mar’s inspirations, too. I think she would like to travel to as many lighthouses as she could.

  11. Beautiful moody images. I love lighthouses and the places they are sited. The Lake Superior lighthouse was my favorite shot.

  12. susartandfood

    I grew up in Nova Scotia where lighthouses, like the one at Peggy’s Cove, are commonplace. I’ve always had a soft spot for a visit to sit on the rocks below and wonder what it would be like to live in the houses provided for their keepers and survive the kind of bleak beauty and isolation that is part of their day.

    On the lighter side, the cat is killing me. How cute.

  13. Scott Marshall

    My favourite subject – Lighthouses – and Oregon seems to have plenty

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