Hello friends in the blogosphere! Today's theme on Viridian's Sunday Stamps is "civic architecture" and I have to admit, that got me quite excited (Bridges! Monuments! and Buildings, oh my!). So what to choose?
It has to be said that lighthouses are awesome. This first set of stamps are totally awesome because not only do they depict lighthouses - there is a map image of the location of the lighthouse in the stamp's background. And everyone knows I love a map on a stamp. Nicely designed stamps, right?
Lighthouses are such striking structures, there is something mesmerising about them (it could be the almost hypnotic effect of their light beams being thrown out and around, but I think it is more than that). They are built in precarious locations on rugged cliff-faces, with views of the wild ocean. Intrinsic to their existence is the reminder of the dangers of seafaring. So there is something poetic and romantic in the very nature of the lighthouse. Lighthouses are just incredible - they defy the elements.
This second set of stamps was released in 2006 and shows lighthouses built in different eras. Although the occupation of lighthouse-keeper has been made redundant by new technologies and solar power, not too much has changed in their design. Part of what is captivating about lighthouses is that the elegant towered structures represent, in a way, the incredible skill of the people who managed to engineer such a structure in what is usually a geographically hostile and isolated location!
Two years ago my friends and I did a wonderful day hike into the lighthouse at Wilsons Promontory National Park. The lighthouse and its little peninsular are now officially run as a national park, and the old lighthouse keeper is employed as a park ranger, who takes tourists (like us) up the lighthouse, to hear about the operation of the lighthouse, and what his daily life as a lighthouse keeper was like in times past. The lighthouse and its associated cottages were well worth the six-hour walk in to see it.
|Wilsons Prom Lighthouse|
I like the thought of hiking to many more lighthouses in the future. Currently near the top of my list of "lighthouses to visit" is the one at Gabo Island, off the east coast of Victoria. If anyone has any suggestions of other lighthouses I should add to this list, I would love to hear them.
Hope you have enjoyed looking at and pondering lighthouses with me this week. To see how others chose to explore the topic of civic architecture, check out the other blogs through the Sunday Stamps button below.