Range light in winter

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Comments (17)

Marilyn Whiteley on February 10, 2009

The sign in front of it says:

This lighthouse, operated by Canada Coast Guard - Fisheries and Oceans, is one of two marking the entrance to the Niagara River. The pyramid shaped tower of this rear range light is 45 feet tall with a red-orange, electrically equipped lantern room on top. The front range light, located at the marina downstream, is identical but about 15 feet lower. Both lights were established in 1903 and are still in use today as shipping navigation aids."

Larry Workman QIN on February 10, 2009

Hi Marilyn. I like how you put the barren branches of the tree in front of the 'Range light'. It looks like you could have easily stepped to the right and taken the structure with no limbs in the photo. I am familiar with lighthouses but not a structure like this. We have channel and range markers (they look like billboards) in our region, but nothing like this.

All my best, Larry

Marilyn Whiteley on February 10, 2009

Thanks, Larry. As a matter of fact, I did step to the right for one shot, and there's no comparison!

Here is the set of range lights with which I've long been familiar. They are about a 15 minute drive from our summer home in Wisconsin. Of course they have the advantage that even on land, an observer can see both at once and understand how they are used by the sailors' lining them up as they're heading in.

Syl de Canada on February 11, 2009

Hello Marilyn I agree with Larry about the branches. Good idea! I like lighthouses, when I saw one I have to take a picture!!! or 2 or more I can`t stop. I never saw this one! I have to visit it next time! Thanks for sharing this picture with us and I hope everything is fine for you! Cheers, Sylvie

LichtenHansen on February 11, 2009

Great shot. Voted best of

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Greetings from Denmark, Allan LichtenHansen.

Hank Waxman on February 11, 2009

Very interesting Marilyn. Thanks for the shot and the link. I enjoy visiting lighthouses down in this area. Each one has a story attached.

Best regards,


Marilyn Whiteley on February 11, 2009

Thank you, Syl, Allan, and Hank, and thanks, Larry for adding the link on the other photo. I'm aware, Syl and Hank, of your excellent lighthouse shots!

It was a very dull morning, and I was afraid that the white lighthouse wouldn't stand out enough against the white sky. I'm glad you think this works.


Eva Kaprinay on February 11, 2009

Beautiful! Greetings Eva

©junebug on February 12, 2009

This is a great photo of the pyramid-shaped lighthouse, Marilyn! I've never seen one shaped like this before! Very beautiful and unusual! Greetings, Anne

Amelia Royan on February 12, 2009

This is so different from the little lighthouses in Norway Marilyn.

I am so enjoying your gallery for the contrasts. I will have to open the enlargement now :)

Coal Miner's Boy on February 12, 2009

Not being a nautical person, I hadn't come across range lights before. Now you've got me intrigued! Google, here I come!

I like the composition of this one, Marilyn - placing the bare branches in front of the main subject adds interest.

Greetings from cool and wet northern California (about time!)


Janina_Bieleńko on February 16, 2009

Wonderful tower . Very nice photo.

Marilyn Whiteley on February 19, 2009

Thank you, Bryce, Eva, Anne, Amelia, Paul, and Janina. It's not a dramatic picture, so I'm especially glad you've visited and enjoyed the unusual range light.

Greetings, Marilyn

Gabor Retei on February 27, 2009

Dear Marilyn,

Beautiful lighthouse, and well photographed.

I like the branches too, and it is great that there is no foliage on them.

Greetings from the West Coast, Gabe

Ian Stehbens on March 8, 2009

White in winter. What colour is it in summer, Marilyn? I appreciate your wanders with the camera never missing the details of landscapes and always presenting them creatively. Thanks.


Klaus & Elvira on March 22, 2009

Lighthouses are good motives. Beautiful building, good photo Marilyn. Gruß, Ellimaus

Marilyn Whiteley on March 22, 2009

Thank you, Ellimaus, for your visit and comments. Greetings, Marilyn

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Photo taken in Historic Old Town, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2009/02/07 12:16:20
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