|The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia wrapped in blue & magenta during the afterglow of sunset.|
"Lighthouse" Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove is one of the most dramatic and recognizable seascapes in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. I was in Nova Scotia for a travel assignment for a travel & tour company. I was between tours and spending a few day in Halifax. I had been out to Peggy's Cove on numerous occasions already but the weather was always bleak. There is a reason they put a lighthouse in this location... it is foggy much of the time. I took photos anyway because I knew I had to have this iconic image or my client would not be happy.
I was set to leave for Newfoundland the next morning. I set out early on a drive down the coast. Again, Peggy's Cove was grey and grim. I decided to travel on down the coast to Lunnenberg where I hoped the light would be better. The light was much better in Lunnenberg so I spent the day photographing in that area.
Late in the afternoon I began the drive back to Halifax in a round about way. I was taking the windy road around Mahone Bay. I could see that there had been a general improvement in the weather. I began think that it might be worth another drive out to Peggy's Cove but I was on the peninsula directly across St. Margrets Bay from this famous lighthouse. I began to pick up the pace. I had been fooled 4-6 times before, driving all the way out in sunshine, passing through Glen Margaret and Hacketts Cove with high expectations. Then suddenly I was enveloped in white grey light as I rounded the bend towards Peggy's Cove and the lighthouse.
This afternoon I arrived at the lighthouse just at sunset. I had time to set up and shoot. The fog had lifted and the subtle colors of last light slid down the rocky shore to the pounding surf.
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