Monday, February 18, 2013

The Frankfort LIghthouse in Winter

Next up is the Frankfort Lighthouse.  Frankfort is about 30 or so miles to the north of Manistee and about 30 miles to the west of Traverse City.  It is another city on the western side of Michigan that has seen better days.  It used to be one of the points that rail ferries left from.
 The first breakwater light was built in 1873 at the end of a long wooden pier.  Like many of the other lights on the west coast, it had a catwalk.
 In 1932, the current lighthouse was built at the end of a concrete pier.  Originally, it had a 5th Order Fresnel lens.  It was later replaced with a fourth order lens.
 On the other side, is a channel marker.  I really liked the way the ice was caked on this.
 The current lighthouse stands at 67 feet, after it was placed on the two story structure at the bottom.  The light can be seen out at a distance of 12 miles.
 As I was taking pictures, I noticed the way the tower was reflecting in the water.  I also liked how the sky looked.
 Not sure which of the above two pictures I like more.
 Just to give you an idea of the height.
 A picture of the channel itself.  The sky looked pretty ominous.
And one more picture.

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