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Le Phare de la Vieille.

Le Phare de la Vieille.

- Lost on the Silver Sea -

Situé dans le Raz de Sein, l’un des endroits les plus dangereux d’Europe, au milieu de puissants courants marins et de récifs acérés, il fut mis en service en 1887 et entièrement automatisé en novembre 1995 date à laquelle les derniers veilleurs quittèrent le phare.


J’imagine la solitude et les frayeurs des gardiens de phare. Quinze jours de veille et une semaine de repos à terre, tel était le planning. Mais, en hiver, de violentes tempêtes soufflaient plusieurs semaines durant, empêchant toute embarcation de s’approcher du phare. Comme les jours et les nuits devaient paraître longs alors à ceux qui attendaient la relève. Des vents furieux soulevaient de gigantesques vagues qui se jetaient à l’assaut du phare, faisant trembler l’étroit rocher sur lequel il est édifié, et les stocks de vivres alimentaires qui s’épuisaient... Heureusement depuis 1995 plus personne n’habite cet enfer et les techniciens obligés de s’y rendre pour assurer les travaux de maintenance sont héliportés.



Situated in the Raz de Sein, one of the most dangerous places of Europe, in the middle of powerful sea currents and in the middle of sharp reefs, the lighthouse was put into service in 1887 and completely automated in November, 1995 dates to which one the last guards left the lighthouse.

I imagine the solitude and the frights of the lighthouse keepers. Fifteen days of watch and one week of rest on the ground, such was the schedule. But, in winter, violent storms blew for several weeks, preventing any boat from approaching the lighthouse. As days and nights had to seem long then to those who waited for the succession. Furious winds lifted gigantic waves which threw themselves in the assault of the lighthouse, making the narrow rock on which it is built tremble, and the stocks of foods which ran out ... Fortunately since 1995 nobody anymore lives in this hell and in the technicians obliged to go there to assure maintenance works are helicoptered.

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Jeff Real27-Aug-2017 13:11
The details and light of the water are just amazing
~V~
Ursula Miller27-Aug-2017 09:24
Beautiful capture, great lighting and colors! V
Anitta27-Aug-2017 08:21
A dream in silver! V
Juliette27-Aug-2017 07:32
fascinating view, beautiful image; interesting info V
Bryan Murahashi27-Aug-2017 05:10
Beautiful lighthouse in the shiny oceans.
Nirvan Hope27-Aug-2017 03:53
Excellent shimmery silverness. And a wonderful telling of the plight of brave souls who manned the lighthouse.
Gill Kopy27-Aug-2017 01:35
Fabulous shot Daniel - hard to imagine the hardships encountered by the early lighthouse keepers BV
Don27-Aug-2017 00:27
Well composed to give a great sense of isolation by ocean.
Frank Tran27-Aug-2017 00:03
Amazing capture. V+
Walter Otto Koenig26-Aug-2017 20:58
Wonderful perspective across the shimmering sea. This dangerous place looks so placid in this image. "V"
bill friedlander26-Aug-2017 20:00
A fine catch of the atmosphere with the mist in the air and the sparkling water. V
borisalex26-Aug-2017 19:54
Vive la Bretagne. ...! V
Chris Morton26-Aug-2017 19:39
a story in life and in light
Helen Betts26-Aug-2017 17:05
A beautiful, moody capture, and an interesting narrative about the lighthouse. V.
globalgadabout26-Aug-2017 17:04
yes a lonely and dangerous outpost...love the shimmering sea here..
joseantonio26-Aug-2017 16:37
that light on the water is so spectacular.V.
The Heritage man26-Aug-2017 16:33
I love this composition because no shores in view. The light in combination with the water creates a feeling of endlessnes
peterjay4526-Aug-2017 16:12
A superb image image, Daniel, I love the light on the water. Your vivid description of the perils faced by the lighthouse keepers is gripping. Excellent photography.
Tom Munson26-Aug-2017 15:52
A wonderful composition.
Marcia Rules26-Aug-2017 15:47
A sense of peril mixed with art ~ VV
Jim Coffman26-Aug-2017 15:44
Well captured! I like the light!
Neil Marcus26-Aug-2017 15:41
Lovely light and mist. Your explanation of the danger and solitude also painted a picture. "VV"
Sylvie Vanderperre26-Aug-2017 15:21
Belle lumière ! V
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