Cape Naturaliste lighthouse is in the south-west corner of Western Australia, less than 100 kilometres north of Cape Leeuwin and on the western edge of Geographe Bay. I visited on 8th and 9th of May 1987.
This is a long exposure after dark and there is one star trail visible above the lighthouse.
The lighthouse started operation in 1904. It is only 20 metres high because it is 120 metres above sea level. During the construction period, a jar containing the mercury that the lens was to sit on fell into the sea during unloading. A sailor drowned trying to retrieve it and it was never found because it had disappeared into the sand by the next day.
There were at least twelve ships wrecked nearby, most before the lighthouse was built. In 1907, though, the Carnarvon Castle sunk nearby after catching fire at sea. Fourteen seamen were rescued after spending weeks in a lifeboat. Also in 1907, a fireball devastated the cottages and lighthouse during a storm, injuring the head keeper.
The thing that I remember most about CapeNaturaliste lighthouse, though, was the most impressive first order lens array.
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Am i the only one to see owls’ eyes in the latter shots? Excellent report, Murray, as ever.
Thanks very much, Alessandro. Quite right, though it hadn’t occurred to me before.