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Weirs Cove Hike…

by on Apr.16, 2015, under Life, Photography

The Cape du Couedic Lighthouse was constructed between 1906-1909. The tower itself was built from 2,000 pieces of local stone. Three four roomed cottages were also built of local stone with slate roofs for the headkeeper and two assistants.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

I woke early – I hadn’t intended to but it was just on sunrise to I headed out the back door with my gear to the nearby lighthouse to see what sunrise brought. Very little colour but throwing on the Lee BigStopper blue’d things up nicely 🙂

Blue du Couedic

Blue du Couedic

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 29 mm, 155 sec at f/11, ISO 100

At the time of construction the site was inaccessible by land so Weirs Cove, one and a half kilometers north of the lighthouse site, was selected for landing. A jetty built first had to be constructed so stores and building materials could be landed. At first these stores, materials and equipment were carried up a zig zag path hewn into the face of the 100 meter cliff which continued until a flying fox was operative.

After breakfast the whole family headed out on the 3km (1hr) return trip hike to Weirs Cove.

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm, 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Imagine spending three months or more waiting for fresh supplies. That was the extreme hardship for the lightkeepers, in getting the shopping home.

Weirs Cove

Weirs Cove

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

On the hike back to the lighthouse we can see our keepers cottages, the lighthouse and down to Admirals Arch at the point on the left.

Cape du Couedic

Cape du Couedic

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 28 mm, 1/250 sec at f/8, ISO 100

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