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Changes of the Moon at Little River Lighthouse

Changes of the Moon at Little River Lighthouse

Day 247

“Changes Of The Moon”

Things have changed.  Or at least, they are changing.  It’s not just the advent of Spring.  It’s my transition from relative solitude, to an increasing parade of visitors, both to this harbor, and this island Lighthouse.  It feels strange actually.  Going from knowing no one is coming by, no matter how much I might wish it, to being aware that people could come by at any moment.  And on more and more frequent moments, they will.

We made a conscious decision at the onset of The Lighthouse Endeavor, to try to make this island more accessible.  That’s part of the reason for my being here.  And it would seem, that this is beginning to become a reality.  I am glad.  And yet, it is different.

Such was the case, again, this morning as I sat at my laptop, sipping coffee, surrounded by sea smoke, waiting for the waters to rise so that I might go to work for Norb Lemieux, on the Maineland, in Cutler Village.  Odd to suddenly hear voices.  Living alone on an island.  Unexpected.  Foreign even.  Causes one to second guess.  Voices?

Four men.  Two from here and two from away.  In one case, far away.  Erik “Tigger” Squire, who has a wonderful house in town (and has been a nice friend to me), his son Erik, his son’s friend Hammond, and a friend from Spain, Josep, had all rowed over for a peek.  I gave them a tour of the Keeper’s House, and the grounds.  They climbed the Tower and spent some time out on the catwalk.  It was special to share.  Thanks for coming guys.







I worked for Norb most of the day.  He is expanding the width of the boat shop.  It will be a long and challenging job, but exciting.  I am grateful for my time with him, even though much of today was moving timbers, literally tons of them, including six behemoth 18’x15”x2” slabs of oak that Norb said weighed close to 300 lbs each.  I will be at his compound at 6:30 tomorrow morning for another round.








Upon returning to the island around 5:30 tonight I saw the third sailboat to anchor in the harbor this season.  A young couple who had just purchased it in CT and was sailing her back to Canada.  I circled her, taking a bunch of snaps, and then pulled up alongside for a chat.  A very nice chat, with the PJ’s…Phil and Jen.  I hope to hear from them soon.






Last night, at about 10pm I went out to check on the stars, and saw a red glow beginning to appear just south of Grand Manan Island.  While it progressed no closer to the Swallow Tail Lighthouse, the light grew larger, and stronger.  I began to think that it must surely be a passing tanker that has caught fire, as that is the shipping lane that tankers travel.  I went in for the binocs, returned, and was surprised to discover, by that time, that it was in fact, the Moon, climbing on the horizon.  It was spectacular.  There was no time for a tripod.  A couple of snaps and this is what I got…






Almost 48 hours and no squirrels.  Other than those mentioned by Arthur and Carole.  I urge you to go back to the comments  section on the last post.  They are quite special.

I’ll leave you with a snap of a very cool old postcard, 1960′s it would seem, in the collection of Lee Leighton, LRL Volunteer, of Little River Light.  Thanks again Lee.



Fog Horn sounds.  Light burns bright.  And she’s pinwheeling.  I love when she does that.  Good Enuf.


7 Responses to “Changes of the Moon at Little River Lighthouse”

  1. elayne kitchen says:

    Yes you are right …not poetic but full of good information about your life on that island
    Now you have to think about being “a host” who “posts”….
    Pretty good if you can trade the varmits for humans…..rowers,sailors and friends.

  2. Arthur says:

    The post card– A most inhospitable shoreline, typical of the DownEast coast. No ship of wood or of steel and few if any of the people on board would survive if driven ashore during gale force easterly winds with wind driven waves in the wide expanse of the Grand Manan channel and the open ocean to the south. A very unforgiving “lee” shore.

  3. elayne kitchen says:

    Hey what do you mean pinwheeling…what is doing that..? I thought it was a way to stack things but I don’t get the connection…

  4. Arthur says:

    pinwheeling—-Me thinks he means the lamp in the tower is rotating or revolving thus to produce the appearance a flash every six seconds, but hopefully not revolving as fast as a wind driven lawn ornament pinwheel, the wheel mounted on a stick — a mini wind turbine?

  5. Arthur says:

    Elayne — I believe the light in the tower is a Vega VRB25-6, a six segment rotating beacon, each segment a fresnel lens and each producing a narrow “pencil” beam of bright light. When viewed at a distance one will then see six distinct flashes for each complete rotation of the lens, one flash every six seconds, this the characteristic of light that identifies it as Little River and not some other light. The lens assembly makes one complete rotation around a stationary lamp (light bulb) every 36 seconds.


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