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Art of the Day: Tuesday August 06, 2013

Gray Days Are Beautiful Too!

- by Stephanie M. Daigle

This week's theme: Lighthouses

Lighthouses came along not long after sailors started navigating regular routes. Not missing the mouth of the harbor or avoiding treacherous rocks and currents was as crucial then as it is now. No doubt the lure and the fascination with lighthouses has been around almost as long. Often feats of engineering, lighthouses were unique in appearance as well as attracting a unique type person to the life of a lighthouse keeper. What makes the deepest impression on our fragile mortality, however, is the fundamentally profound nature of their purpose. When we see that light, it's more that just a light in a tower. It's the light in the darkness, the warning of danger and the way to safe passage. Lighthouses are spoken as if they are alive. And at night, when we watch the light go round and round, we know that they are.

Art: Gray Days Are Beautiful Too! by Artist Stephanie M. Daigle
During summer season the area in which I live is a tourist mecca. We have abundant waterfalls, thousands of lakes, and rivers and streams galore... but the granddaddy of them all is the shores of Lake Superior.

tourists come in droves during the warmer months, but during the dark cold gray season of winter, the shores become our own private playground. The weather conditions are not for the faint of heart... but to tell you the truth, I find the beauty far exceeds that of the warmer months! Duluth Minnesota, lighthouse and ship canal, complete with icy rocks.


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