Perched high above the Atlantic ocean on a massive granite boulder called Castle Rock the Columbine Lighthouse stands tall against the blue skies of the Western Cape. Looking at this shot it is hard to believe that this is an extremely treacherous coastline. Prior to it being built in 1936 a number of ships ran aground off this coastline.
The provision of a lighthouse on this piece of coast lay in abeyance for many years. The Lighthouse commission of 1906 recognised that Cape Columbine would be a suitable location for a lighthouse. Dassen Island and Pelican Point at Walvis Bay, however, appeared at the time to be more urgent. It took thirty years and much debate before the construction of a lighthouse at Cape Columbine got the nod - much to the relief of the local fishing community.
Around the turn of the twentieth century Harry Claude Lee Cooper was appointed as engineer in charge of lighthouses. Columbine was the last lighthouse H.C. Cooper designed. He decided on the site known to the locals as Castle Rock, a massive granite outcrop a few hundred meters from the sea. The design of Cape Columbine lighthouse was quite different from the conventional tapered circular tower. His design was a slightly tapered square tower with the outer faces of the walls recessed, thereby forming heavy buttresses on the four corners.
The last manned lighthouse in South Africa is the first one to be seen by ships coming from South America and Europe and stands approximately 30 km from Vredenburg on the West Coast. This lighthouse was one of the first lighthouses along the South African coastline to receive three navigational safety devices, which were a foghorn, a radio beacon and a lens designed for use with incandescent light bulbs.
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HimalAnda (8512) 2014-01-13 23:29
This is a beautiful lighthouse on a rocky ground. The composition is good, the light and colors are beautiful.
krzychu30 (15260) 2014-01-13 23:53
beautiful place and really excellently considered and composed scene!
The rocks around the Lighthouse make lovely scenery.
I like also strong graphics of the image and especially contrast between blue sky(which looks amazimg here!)and white/red tower of the Lighthouse.
The end result is eye-catching!
Have a nice day
papagolf21 (82982) 2014-01-14 0:22
Bonjour, chère Rosemary,
Le phare magnifiquement entretenu tout de blanc vêtu ressort à merveille sur ce ciel bleu et cet environnement sauvage.
Très belle présentation comme à l'accoutumée.
dta (62438) 2014-01-14 0:49
Hello Rosemary ,
A colrful and luminous prsentatio of this pretty white light house in a superb rocky scenery .
serp2000 (37513) 2014-01-14 1:50
Amazing view of the lighthouse, Frankly speaking this building and this area remind me a scene with a Space Shuttle from the Canaveral Cape in Florida ;))) But this is only my own fantasy ;))
Superb colors! TFS!
holmertz (36459) 2014-01-14 2:35
I am impressed by the perfect exposure and the very good and natural colours. Looking at the large version the perfect sharpness is also evident. Shining white buildings and bright sunshne can make photographing tricky. The rocks are quite beautiful and the impact of brown tones, blue, red and white is stunning.
Subhogen (4063) 2014-01-14 2:59
This a lovely little lighthouse. I like the bright colours and the contrasts that they create all over the frame. Well handled light to tackle the strong light. The textures on the rock have come out so brilliantly. Excellent photo with lot of eye-catching elements to admire. Thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (53863) 2014-01-14 5:14
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur ce superbe phare.J'aime le point de vue très bas qui donne de l'ampleur et de la profondeur à l'ensemble. J'aime la lumière et les couleurs.
Noel_Byrne (20169) 2014-01-14 5:28
I always find there is something so beautiful about the subject of lighthouses, I think they summon up images of the ones run by people, where a solitary existence was necessary for the safety of others, and it would involve the most treacherous weather in the most forlorn places. Something very noble about the idea.
And even though today, most of them are automatic, I think for me this emotion still links strongly with the strucutres, as I am never anything but impressed to see them. Of course in addition, there is such a wealth of designs and histories that go with them too.
And this one is a beauty. I like that you share so much of its history which helps me appreciate it so much more. Its square design is quite unique (to me anyway) and very attractive. You composed this so perfectly on the thirds, and with the large foreground giving way to the rich color and texture of the rock, while the background sky is the bluest of blue, its a really beautiful result.
Thanks as always, and greetings from the Emerald Isle :)
SimoAle (618) 2014-01-14 6:59
splendido cielo di un azzurro estivo, rocce dorate dall' ottima luce.
Una bella presentazione per questo scenario ricco di colore.
saxo042 (36728) 2014-01-14 7:58
A beautiful scene in which the blue sky and the light brown rock dominate the colours. The building is well positioned and I really enjoy the way that orange stair leads the eye straight up to the red top of the lighthouse. Excellent!
chrislo (4149) 2014-01-14 9:28
This is an appealing a well composed image. Very good point of view with these stones in the foreground. The sun has created a lovely light in the scene, and the sharpness of detail and textures is so great on the rocks. Lovely blue sky and the white lighthouse contrasts well against it. Very nice image.
lousat (71485) 2014-01-14 9:55
Hi Rosemary,the scenery made by these rocks remember me your pics from Seychelles..ehhee..but on the left there isn't a blue sea but a very nice lighthouse...ehehe...i like a lot this imposing perspective,perfect exposure and very bright colors! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-14 12:55
i fari hanno sempre un particolare fascino forse perchè portano la mente a pensare ad avventure in mari tempestosi.
Questo è caratteristico per il particolare contrasto tra la sua semplice struttura immacolata ed il colore e la ruvidezza delle rocce.
Da ciò nasce una bella composizione nella quale la natura si fonde con la modernità dell'edificio tra colori splendidi valorizzati da una luce particolarmente brillante.
Ciao e buona serata
carlo62 (26938) 2014-01-14 15:15
una bellissima luce, il faro bianco si staglia nel cielo blu, grazie al pov scelto.
Belle le rocce, ottima la qualità della foto.
jjcordier (72680) 2014-01-14 23:48
Belle mise en vedette de ce phare dans cette photo bien composée où la lumière donne des couleurs splendides à l'environnement.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-14 23:59
an another superb photo of this spectacular view, great details and the POV is effective. Great view,
dkmurphys (45897) 2014-01-15 0:21
Very fine pov of this beautiful lighthouse. I like the sensation of clean and clear of this image.
Enjoy a nice day.
jacquest (18097) 2014-01-17 3:58
Well, you too have a beautiful image of a lighthouse on a rocky coast. The low POV invites to walk on the rocks toward the lighthouse as the tower stands well over the perfect sky. The light and exposure give an image of very high quality.
adores (33954) 2014-02-02 6:07
Very interesting and different from the ones we have here! The low pov and the colours are excellent. A good quality shot!