Apr 17, 2009

Falling apart

Time has not been kind to the North Head Lighthouse.
Today I was tasked with getting some photos to go with a story we're doing this week about the worsening physical condition of one of our areas true iconic structures. I guess I haven't been up there in a year or more, but it came as a surprise to me that the structure itself is in such disrepair. In fact it is pretty much crumbling out from under itself. Here is the north side of the lighthouse.

Anyone who has read this blog knows how I'm not a fan of photographing inanimate objects, but I kinda had fun with this, working the angles, looking for interesting color and textures.

This window was blown out during the big storm of December '07 and was never replaced.
Cracks like these run all over the structure, especially on the bottom of the south side.
And the damage isn't just to the base of the structure either.
It's pretty sad all the way around to see a structure that is so important our community — it's even the logo for the Chinook Observer — be in such a state. Definitely read the article about what is possibly being done with it in the paper this week.


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