Travel Theme: Round

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Round.

Round or square—which do you think will last longer through the coming storms?

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Execution Rocks Light, Long Island Sound

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Thacher Island Twin Lights, Cape Ann, Massachusetts

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Romer Shoal Light, New York Harbor

There’s a reason why most lighthouses are round.

On the other hand, Old Orchard Shoal Light, a round lighthouse similar to Romer Shoal Light and just a few miles away from it in New York Harbor, was swept away by Hurricane Sandy.

And the square keeper’s house of Execution Rocks Light, which survived Sandy just fine, is being converted to a Bed & Breakfast, which will probably ensure it a long life…

25 responses to “Travel Theme: Round

  1. Good question! Lovely images. Lighthouses are a favourite with most people. IÄ’d love to climb to the top of the bigger Twin Lights and then spend a week in Romer Shoal Light. Dreaming….
    Happy Easter! :-)


  2. U really like the photos – and I love how the first one has the tip of your kayak in view – feels like a touch of you! :)


  3. I think it could be a bit scary on a stormy night staying in those BnB’s


    • I repost a previous comment of mine on that subject—

      ‘Reinforcing the suspicion that a lighthouse might not be the best place for quiet contemplation, here’s a quote from Ed Burge, a lighthouse keeper from 1886 to 1920 at several New York Harbor lighthouses, including West Bank:

      “I met a lady once who was all filled up with what she called the romance of the lighthouse. She said she often longed to be a keeper and live alone in a tower on a rock far out in the sea, and have peace and quiet. She couldn’t understand why I snorted. Peace and quiet! A lighthouse is about the noisiest place in the world. Out there on West Bank, for instance, with a gale blowing. When I was there the tower rose right out of the water, with no footing at all around it, so the waves crashed against the whole tower; shook it until sometimes the mantles over the burners in the light broke. Sometimes the waves went clear over the gallery, and the spray over the light itself.

      Forty or sixty tons of water, driven by a fifty-mile gale, racing in with the tide and slamming against a solid tower of stone and iron makes it about as quiet as when two railroad trains butt each other head on. Down at the floor level, there is a gas engine pounding away, with the exhaust exploding outside, the iron plates in the tower groaning, the fog siren screaming, and the bell ringing, and up in the light a stream of kerosene burning under a hundred pound pressure, and roaring louder than gale. Nice, romantic spot – so quiet that the keeper can scarcely hear the whistles of steamers and tugs in the channel.”’


  4. There is just something special about the first one. I Googled it and what a fascinating history. i would love to stay there at the B&B. Incredible how it was only automated in 1979.


  5. Beautiful images, and light houses are always interesting due to their location and architecture, right?


  6. Although I grew up on Long Island, I’d never heard of Execution Rocks Lighthouse. The name is curious, so I looked it up and found its origin:


  7. Wow Pawesome photos!


  8. Vladimir,

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my work. Great lighthouse pics. I have a few I will share in the coming weeks.



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