Inspired by: The Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse
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A Life At Sea

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I often wonder what it might be like to live in a lighthouse..
or at least a lighthouse keepers cottage...

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My views filled with azure ocean morphing into sky at some intangible horizon
The rhythmic crashing of waves upon the shoreline
lulling me to sleep at night
and awoken by the gulls at morn..
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Sea spray freshening the air and lightening my mood
And the vast vast ocean reminding me to reach for new horizons.
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I wonder
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The modern day lighthouse no longer requires the trusty keeper, granted I don't think I'd like the stairs ... but still I can day dream.
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Norah Head Lighthouse
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These images are snapshots of the Norah Head Lighthouse and cottage. Photos I took twenty years ago visiting relatives that lived nearby. I had forgotten about them until yesterday searching through my box of photos looking for some inspiration.
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the sea never fails to inspire

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May your week be filled with inspiration
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More 'Inspired By' posts [here]
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Julie b



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IMAGE SOURCE:
Images: text, photography and editing by me - [Being Ruby©]

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40 comments:

sharon said...

Hi Julie

I so agree that the sea never fails to inspire, to comfort, to restore. I'm feeling the need more and more to live by an ocean somewhere. It's not going to happen straight away but maybe in the next few years, who knows?!

Your different versions of the pictures are wonderful, 2 and 3 could be passed off as paintings.

So nice to have you around again
Sharon

erin said...

the "sea" and YOU never fail to inspire me.

Flick, said...

What a beautiful daydream mate, it must have been the day for it as I have been getting carried away in my own dream world today as well! Lighthouses are just so exciting, mysterious, and are always in scary movies....
Have a happy Tuesday!
Flick x

Drawn to The Sea said...

Google burped, Julie, gave me an error.
If it didn't eat my previous comment, just delete this one.

I've found my morning inspiration right here. Waking to the sound of the sea in a cottage is my preference, but a lighthouse would do just fine. Love what you did with the photos... the little askew is brilliant... like a memory of a dream.

Princesa Nadie said...

Lighthouese are always in beautiful places, some of them full of magic and mistery...also romanticism
Stunning photograps as you use to do in every post
I LOVE visiting you!
Hugs

Jeanne said...

A treasure, don't you just love it when you come across something like that! These are beautiful...lighthouses are magical. They are right up there with the moon. We used to holiday in a beach spot along the east coast of the USA with twin lighthouses off the coastline. When a full moon came up above the two...it was just amazing. I wish I had taken photos...aren't you glad you did? Thanks for reminding me. That always happens when I visit you...so inspiring :)

Hope you have a great one Julie :)

Jeanne xxx

Zuzu said...

Wow - this post alone could fill my week with inspiration! Beautiful, Julie!!!
Happy week to you,
Zuzu

Wendy Sice said...

I just recently watched a movie with Demi Moore called Half Light. Have you seen it? It is about a woman's sojourn to a cottage near a lighthouse in Scotland. It's a spooky movie, but the setting is exquisite! You might enjoy watching it now that you've just rediscovered your lighthouse pics! xx

Beatnheart said...

Glorious Stuff Julie...your gift was evident twenty some years ago...

Bill Kitchen said...

Wow, these are spectacular!
Do you every check out Lighthouse Digest Magazine?

oldgreymare said...

20 years ago..so you were just born with this special vision eh?

sigh...I'm jealous...again

xxx

z

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

They are wonderful photos. I've always loved lighthouses. I actually like this last photo the best. I like seeing the colors of the sky against the white of the lighthouse.

Luiza said...

The photos are simpy gorgeous!!!
I like lighthoses too, they are a bit misterious to me, and yes, I wonder what it would be like, living in one of them...
I guess I´ll never know...=)

Have a wonderful week!
Hugs/
Luiza

Don said...

I always enjoy a good lighthouse! I'm glad you found the old pics.

nerines said...

I have been intrigued with the lighthouses and their keepers too. It certainly seems to be a very contemplative place. Beautiful photographs, what a wonderful discovery:) xo

Giulia said...

Yes, it is true. The sea is often my muse as well. Whether I'm there or not. Julie - these are great, I particularly like moody shots/manipulations. But also curious about this place, too. I'll go a-Googling, but a follow up would be great. I'm glad you found the photos.

xoxo

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I live near the water but no one makes me appreciate it more then you. Who knew I was a nautical gal? I looked back at your link and loved your nautical and colors that inspire post( i think i got the name wrong) the one with the gorgeous rooms.
We only have two little lighthouses here in Old Saybrook and have wondered the same thing...though my mind often goes to those creepy movies about lighthouses....but you know how much I love things that go bump in the night. The creepier the better.
Your photography reminds my of that foggy ghostly feel.
I don't think I'd love the stairs but think of the shape i'd be in if i had them.

great post!!!

xxx
carole

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

I'm glad you found the photographs. I love lighthouses!!!

theoldboathouse said...

Hey Julie, I love these pics they have a real aussie seaside c. 1950's look. Yes totally with you on the lighthouse thing. One of my names used to be theoldlighthouse on ebay. They always have so much grace about them and they give one a feeling of such security and calm. Hope you have a lovely week, cheers Katherine

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Julie...ok then, that does it!!! The sea never fails to inspire...I'll go down for a beach walk today!!! Haven't been down for a while, so will think of you listening to the waves!!! Have a great day, Dzintra♥x

becky at abbeystyle said...

These pictures make me think of the lighthouse at Boca Grande, Florida. We go there every year for a day of sitting, dreaming, and a little water play. It's a wonderful place to be where the intracoastal highway converges with the Gulf of Mexico in a swirl of currents. An impressive lighthouse there, long ago lit the way through the dangerous waters. My son, naive to the currents therein, once attempted to cross the highway and was caught up, tossed overboard, and saved by some nearby seaworthy people. Even his kayak was retrieved!

Beach House Living said...

Love lighthouses of course. I always check the for sale list. Here in the US they go the states first. If they don't buy them the public can but you have prove funds to restore or something like that. There are few you can go and stay at. One in particular you get to be the caretaker for the week yep pay to raise the flag at dawn, weed the garden etc.

PS Sorry I don't drop by often but each time I visit since you moved I get a script error message. THis is the first time it didn't freeze up the computer requiring a restart.

Fifi Flowers said...

GREAT minds think alike!!! Good to have you visit!!! I have been bad about visiting lately... kids home from school for the summer changes my routine DRASTICALLY... but I love it!
ENJOY your week!
Fifi

Angela Furlong said...

Beautiful as always! The lighthouse always casts such a lonely, romantic figure on the skyline don't you think? x

simpledaisy said...

I love your lighthouse photos! So vintage feeling:)

Anne said...

Such dreamy words and images. I found you via Charlotta's blog, and I am so glad I did! I have become your newest follower and plan to spend some time here checking out older posts. So far, I am most impressed with what I have seen.
Take care.
Anne

Mary-Laure said...

These photos are magical... They allow one to imagine stories, a world of loneliness and communion with the sea.... I always love seeing lighthouses when I am near the ocean.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

fabulous clouds in those pics ruby.it looks beautiful there
~pooch x

Charlotta Ward said...

I love light houses. They have such strange magnetism and I agree, the lost art of 'light house keeping' is something I too spend time pondering.. What would it be like to be posted in one of those that is located on a rock face in the middle of the ocean.. You know the famous pictures of a lone man standing in the doorway of his light house, the massive waves crashing over the rocks.. So powerful. So lonely. Yet so exciting and dramatic!

Lovely pictures my dear. As usual. Hoping all is well.

Also thrilled that Anne found her way here. She is a rare soul and you will love her (and her blog).

Hugs and happy 'hump day'.
xx C

FILIGREE MOON said...

Fabulous and very inspirational photos. You always amaze with your talent! Thank you for your sweet visit and comment today! ~ Angela

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, I love lighthouses there is just something about them, have you ever seen the French Film 'The Light'? (L'equipier, French title). It is set in Brittany, it's a wonderful film, I think you would enjoy it.
XXX

Dash said...

Hi Julie, yes it was me! I hope it is available over there.
XXX

mise said...

I used to associate you with the moon, Julie, but now I'm reminded of you by the moon, ziplock bags and Virginia Woolf! These are beautiful images. The whiteness of the white wood looks so idyllically fictional.

La Petite Gallery said...

Julie,
Very pretty verse. I love the sea too. When we are up for a gale, I drive to the
light house to watch the waves crash. I get all
excited and the blood rushes thru my veins. It's invigorating, and thrilling.

yvonne

Fräulein Klein said...

Dear Julie,
I like lighthouses!
Your photo are so great!!!!
Have a nice day,
Big hugs, Yvonne

Angie Muresan said...

If you ever move into a lighthouse, please invite me over? Please?

June said...

There is just something about a lighthouse isn't there? Living in landlocked Idaho and hundreds of miles from an ocean, I haven't had the opportunity in years to visit a lighthoouse. But my father being an ocean loving man would take us to the Oregon coast every year on vacation. He loved lighthouses and so I was able to go into many a lighthouse as a child. They were not kept from the public, like so many are now. They have such a charm about them. (except the stairways)
And as usual, you have captured this one beautifully on film Julie. Next best thing to being there!!!
hugs to you...

count it all joy said...

As usual...AMAZING!! My calendar last year was all about lighthouses. I adore them. There was a movie remake of "Yours, Mine & Ours" a couple of years ago with Dennis Quaid and their whole huge family lived in a converted lighthouse. It was magical.

Hope you're settling in to your new abode despite the teething issues. Isn't this Sydney weather glorious! Big hugs, Meredy xo.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

So beautiful...so serene...love your lighthouse photographs...I used to dream about living in a lighthouse...sort of a Rapunzel dream..ha....from visiting the Jersey shore so much as a kid I guess! Lovely post Julie....
Take care my friend,
Laura

Brabourne Farm said...

Julie I love every one of these beautiful photos - they remind me of wonderful old book covers from the 1920s. Now all we need you to do is add more of your magical words and I think you'd have a best seller! Enjoy your weekend. Leigh