Friday, May 13, 2011

Gannet Rock Lighthouse, Bay of Fundy

This week Bill Clinton spoke to a large crowd in Fredericton, and in his remarks he acknowledged the great Bay of Fundy.  While his understanding of the giant tides leaves a little room for further education, his broaching the topic of Fundy, nevertheless, adds to growing interest in our great natural wonder.

Accordingly, this week's feature for "From Our Cove" is a framed print of my painting of the grand old sentinel at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, Gannet Rock Lighthouse:

The original lighthouse was built in 1832, the one depicted in this painting many years later. 

I painted the lighthouse as it was when still manned.  Since being fully automated, some buildings have been removed.  This lonely outpost, 8 miles off Grand Manan Island, really has a sense of the open sea all about it, and as a "sentinel", the lighthouse has stood guard at the centre of the entrance to the Bay of Fundy, its powerful light warning ships and guiding them for close to two centuries.

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