Friday, August 22, 2008

Trip to Ohio - Day 2

We met our www friends at MarbleHead Lighthouse, which is just a short trip from Port Clinton. Jack showed me the best angles from which to shoot. I took advantage of his expertise and set up the ole tripod. No need. The day was bright, and shooting a stark white subject always makes for a faster shutter.








We then went up inside the lighthouse, which again, was a first for me. It's a pretty tight winding staircase, and although the lighthouse didn't look all that tall, the stairs were plenty enough for me. At the top, you could really inspect this old treasure, along with the beautiful view of Lake Erie, but I was more interested in the lighthouse's shadow...








...and it's green light.








Here is Jack looking for a new angle to shoot from the interior window.









Our next stop was Put In Bay at South Bass Island. There was a ferry to get us to the island where there were 2 lighthouses to shoot. This Island was really neat. It was, of course, touristy! We rented a golf cart to get around the small island. Our first stop was this light. It is called Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. It is considered a lighthouse because of its function of lighting Lake Eries passageways, but technically it is not a "Lighthouse". There is no house. Put-in-Bay or South Bass, served as a base of operations for Oliver Hazard Perry. It was from the harbor called Put-in-Bay that Perry sailed to defeat the British fleet under Robert H. Barclay during the war of 1812. The American victory in the battle of Lake Erie gave the country and the United States Navy a memorable slogan of positive accomplishments, "We have met the enemy and they are ours..." Today there stands at Put-in-Bay a beautiful Greek Doric column, the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. This 352-foot granite shaft commemorates not only a naval battle but a peace which has lasted for more than 150 years. The 3,987-mile boundary between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded international frontier in the world.






A Statue of Perry in the Museum with the monument in the background:








This next Lighthouse was on the other side of town at the opposite point.











The restaurants smelled amazing. We chose the Boardwalk which is a cluster of restaurants within the ...well...boardwalk. The place claimed to have the best Lobster Bisque in all of Ohio, or the world, or the universe or something. I had to order it, although I've never tried it before. It was the best Lobster Bisque I have ever had in Ohio, the world, the universe or something!








We were 600+ nautical miles from Sweet Home Chicago...








The harbor was interesting...







I found my first ever Laughing Gulls to shoot...







Along with a few Forster's Terns...






To Monnie and Jack:

You were terrific hosts! Thank you so much for the great day, and showing us the sites! I knew we would all be grow to be old friends the moment Monnie told Jack to "read my lips"! Let's have another Bud Light Lime again soon!



Monnie, me, & Jack

5 comments:

Don and Sher said...

Great shots thanks for sharing, we still don't have a Laughing Gull yet.

The Birdlady said...

Very interesting - I ve never seen this area...love the shot through the lighthouse spiral.

Shellmo said...

I had to laugh at that sign at the lobster restaurant about nice mussels, great legs, etc! Lighthouse shots all nice!

Richard said...

I'm with shellmo on the sign. Sure looks like there is another message hidden in there. Looks like a sign for Hooters...lol.

Bird Girl said...

Wow, you got some great shots! I love the sign with all the directions - cool! And the lighthouse is the distance is really neat! Great job!