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Lighthouses Attract Birds!

It sounds impossible, but the very bright light emanating from a lighthouse at night attracts  birds. This happens on the most remote of lighthouses, some far out at sea. What interest would birds have in a lighthouse? Well sometimes it is because the light beacon attracts numerous insects which the birds feed upon. In other […]

Mise Tales Thirty-Six

  For an update on what a Mise Tale is then please see Mise Tales One. ***************************** [youtube url=”http://youtu.be/b3e7CDg8a3g”] Here is a great video taken on board the Coast Guard ship CCGS Sir Wilfred Laurier as it services the mountain-top radio sites using the onboard helicopter. Great shots of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwai) and the old lighthouse […]

Mise Tales Thirty-Five

  For an update on what a Mise Tale is then please see Mise Tales One. January 07, 2014 – People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break, on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Ben Birchall) . . . more [private] LONDON — What used to be Winter Storm Hercules has moved […]

Reprint – Sentinels Encased in Ice

Sentinels Encased in Ice by Elinor DeWire from WeatherWise November-December 2011      The ice was here, the ice was thereThe ice was all around;I t cracked and growled, and roared and howledLike noise in a swound…—Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner Caption: St. Joseph Pierhead in Michigan as it appeared on December […]

Vanishings – The Missing Lighthouse Keepers

These two tales on Youtube were brought to my attention. Quite the mystery!      (Possible)Related posts: A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers Lighthouse Keepers at Chrome Key in Two Rescues – special reprint Canadian Government Pension Plans for Retiring Lighthouse Keepers Powered by YARPP.

Lighthouses Visible in the Costa Concordia Disaster

 The Costa Concordia rests on its side on the morning of January 14, 2012 (click for larger photo) Yes, it is a photo of the Costa Concordia aground on the rocks but did anyone notice the lighthouse in the photo under which the lifeboats are all clustered? It is one of two lights guarding the […]

Book – Facing the Sea: Lightkeepers and Their Families

Facing the Sea: Lightkeepers and Their FamiliesBy Harold Chubbs and Wade KearleyForeword by Lorne HumphriesGenre: History: GeneralImprint: Flanker PressFormat: Hardcover, 132 pages, colour photos and illustrationsPub Date: October 2013Price: $34.95ISBN-10: 1-77117-301-7ISBN-13: 978-1-77117-301-8Shipping Weight: 0.9 kg About this BookIn Facing the Sea, authors Harold Chubbs and Wade Kearley have captured an important era in the maritime […]

Hijack!

The hijack of a ship on the British Columbia (BC) coast is a rare possibility, but with all the controversy over oil spills and destruction of coastal rain forests, the possibility is still there for terrorists or others to hijack a ship on the BC coast and hold the government for ransom. In the rest […]

Tar Sands SOS: Save Our Shore

The photo above is a screen capture of part of the Tar Sands SOS webpage. Click the photo above to go to the webpage and you can track the tar sands tankers on the interactive map, scroll down the webpage and learn more why the tar sands tankers are a bad idea. One thing I […]

Tidelines and Ocean Currents

Tidelines – it is spelled both ways but I prefer the one-word form. A tideline, according to Wikipedia,  refers to where two currents in the ocean converge (or meet). Driftwood, floating seaweed, foam, and other floating debris may accumulate, forming sinuous lines called tidelines. The topic of this article came about after I saw the photo above.The photo actually […]