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Day 152 – Thursday, March 8, 2012

“In The Ring”

I was asked, three and a half years ago, by my then best friend and partner, what I wanted for my birthday.  I have been pretty blessed in my time on this planet so there’s truly not much I want, and even less that I need.  It may have taken a few years but with her help I have learned that.  I replied that I wanted to stay in a lighthouse, or see the Aurora Borealis.  We chose the lighthouse…Little River Light, which started this whole adventure.  It now appears there is a chance I may get both.  Together.  Tonight.

The solar storm that has been waging has reached Earth.  We are being bombarded by radiation, causing disruptions in all kinds of communication, and even the re-routing of air traffic.  I am reminded that with all of our technology, we remain at the whims of nature.  And I am oddly comforted by that.

 

Tonight, despite the full moon, there was a probability that I would experience the Northern Lights, one of the few things that remain on my “Bucket List”.  It is now downgraded to a possibility, due to the forecast of a fully overcast sky.  Forecasts are often wrong, and I’m hopeful that tonight they’re dead wrong.

 

There was a chance for last night too, and I spent almost three hours, midnight to three a.m., on the phone with my friend and extreme photographer, Sean Harris, configuring my new camera to take time-lapse night shots.  He travels every year to Iceland to shoot the Borealis, and is an expert on both it, and night photography.  I then spent from 3 until 5 outside, taking practice shots and hoping for a glimpse.  I did get the practice shots.  Here’s one of his… truly mindblowing – click on it.

 

 

 

 

This solar storm is especially fantastic historically speaking.  And you can learn more about it here...

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthAmerica/2012/03/09 

As a result of re-routed air traffic I had for the first time ever seen an airplane vapor trail come directly across the ocean side of the island, straight east to west.  I have seen them many times heading north to south, or south to north, criss-crossing across my western harbor sky.  But never east of me.  Here’s another shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A story in one of the regional papers came out yesterday, written by my friend and budding photo-journalist Aaron Ackley.  Unfortunately it’s not online but you can see one of the snaps here.  He is shooting film, not digital by the way.  I am grateful for the promotional support and interest, and want to again mention how thankful I am to Tim Harrison and Kathy Finnegan, the Board of Directors and volunteers of The Friends of Little River, ALF, and the people of this very special community of Cutler, who have taken me in, and truly supported me.  Thanks.

(link to photo only here – please scroll all the way down)

http://machiasnews.com/

There were many references to Popeye from my picture last week and Tim was able to find a copy of a Popeye “Lighthouse” cartoon he had digitized some years ago.  I will try to get it up online soon.  I was also given a can of Popeye spinach, which I have never seen in a supermarket before, by a very special friend.  Thanks.  And here’s a snap.

 

 

 

 

The seas have steadily built to a widely spaced and rolling 8-10 feet throughout a day that has been covered in a white-washed haze since early this morning.  I got the Hardy Boys boat back into the boathouse (which included a brief and unintended dip, by me, in the March Maine water), and am expecting sustained winds of over 60 knots tonight.  I am as usual, prepared to lose power.

I will take a nap this evening and prepare to spend the night outside, hoping for no rain and little cloud cover.  And hoping to have a positive “lights” report, and a pic tomorrow.

As always, thanks for reading, sharing this with friends, “Liking” and supporting The Lighthouse Endeavor.  I’ll leave the Light on.  Good Enuf.

I am what I am.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Day 152 – Thursday, March 8, 2012”

  1. Arthur says:

    For becoming ever more experienced in transporting materials to the island do you ever wonder what was required of those who in 1847 built the earlier stone house and tower? Did any of the stone come from the island? Or did it all have to be brought there from the mainland? And likewise landing all the materials and the tower sections in 1876 when the light station was later rebuilt. Did they have a way to land materials on the island near the lighthouse site or did they have to haul across the island from near the current landing place? And what about accommodations for the workers? Construction on islands was and still is a challenge.

  2. David Corbett says:

    Bill,
    Awesome post. I too would like to see the aurora but have yet to be at the right location for observing. Its nice to have you back . Keep it coming, my friend.

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