Friday, September 12, 2014

Our Yooper Vacation: Day 1, Point Iroquois

After Castle Rock we moseyed on up to Point Iroquois Lighthouse on St Mary's river just off Lake Superior. We took more photos of course. First the lighthouse from the front.
The lighthouse from the beach.
This is a 4th order Fresnel lens, not the original apparently but one taken from another light that was decommissioned. The Fresnel lenses apparently were very, very bright and could be seen farther than any other kinds. Numerous docents at the lights we visited said the formula for making the glass had been lost. Nowadays the lights are being replaced by LEDs.
Below is the Canadian Gros Cap Reef automated light that replaced the Iroquois light. This shot was taken with telephoto from Iroquois. Those are some pretty big wind turbines up on that hill.
And here is a photo of Hal and I in the tower, only 72 steps up. Aren't we the happy couple!
The stairs in the tower. That's a piece of Hal on his way back down.

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