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‘Morning Light on Fanad Lighthouse’


Fanad Head Peninsula, County Donegal, Ireland
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Fanad Head Peninsula, County Donegal, Ireland
Fanad Head Lighthouse was conceived as essential to seafarers following a shipwreck which happened over 200 years ago. In December 1811 the frigate ‘Saldanha’ sought shelter from a storm. Sailing towards Fanad as she frantically fought the raging wind and waves. Sadly, the ship was wrecked off the northern coast with all 250+ men on board.
Shortly afterwards Fanad Head Lighthouse was built to help guide ships and sailors safely on their journeys. Still in operation to this day, standing on a rocky outcrop on north Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, blinking its guiding light out to sea to aid ships past its inviting yet deceiving rocky waters.
You may have noticed that the light on this lighthouse looks to be brightly lit? This is because I aligned up this scene, so that the lighthouse globe was in exactly in front of the rising sun as it peeked from behind those distant hills. I often visit Fanad for sunsets, however this is one of a few sunrises I’ve captured here. Sunrises are better here as the sun rises perfectly behind the actual lighthouse during autumn months. ?

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