Cockspur Lighthouse

I’ve mentioned in several prior posts (or on Facebook) that my husband and I made a long weekend trip to Tybee Island, GA in mid September.  I also mentioned it’s a quiet little island made for relaxing and quiet activities rather than an overpopulated island bursting with tourists.  When traveling you still look for things to do or visit, and usually I’m the one doing the research.

Now, seeing I like to photograph things, I usually look online for photographs of the area before visiting.  If an image catches my eye, I’ll try and research what it is and/or where it’s located so I might can visit.  One image that came up for this area was of the Cockspur Lighthouse.  It looked rather interesting and after some research I figured out the only way to get to it was from a trail located at Fort Pulaski, a civil war fort located between Tybee Island and Savannah, GA and now a national monument.

So what’s the most logical thing to do?  Well, you mention to your history loving husband there is a civil war fort nearby and wouldn’t he love to go see it?  Then, you figure, once there you’d so very casually mention there is this little lighthouse you’d like to go see.  Clever, huh?

So off we went one morning to the monument.  Truth be told, though, it was really quite interesting.  We took a guided (looooooong) tour and the tour guide did a great job sharing historical and interesting facts.  As the morning wore on though, it got really, really hot.  By the time the guided tour was over, my husband wanted to walk on the roof of the fort and visit some more on our own.  The blazing sun nearly melted me and I was carrying my camera equipment which got heavier by the minute.

When we were finally done with the fort, I had second thoughts about walking the trail to the lighthouse.  But, I didn’t come all the way there to miss it, and I’d been so clever (right??) so I decided to leave some of my camera equipment in the car.  I didn’t want to carry the 70-200mm because it was so heavy and it was so dang hot, so I settled on my 24-70mm because that was the only other one I had with me even though it’s pretty heavy too.

Starting down the 3/4 mile trail started innocently enough.  It was a sandy open marsh at first, then became more of a forested environment.  There was no one else on the trail – either coming or going – just us.  The deeper we got into the forest, the quicker we walked.  It was spooky and whatever those insects are that live in the trees and screech – well, I jumped every time.  About 1/3 of the way through we started getting attacked by no-see-um’s.  I was seriously considering turning back, but surely we were almost there…

In what seemed an hour later, the forest finally cleared.  Still no sign of the lighthouse though.   The screeching insects, hot sun and fear of something coming out of the marshes seemed never ending.  And we still hadn’t seen one other person on the trail.  But, we finally saw the lighthouse in the distance.  It seemed so far away.  Hubby was done walking and even though I wanted to get closer, it just felt spooky.  I got as close as he’d let me and instantly regretted not bringing my 70-200mm.   It was low tide too, so I could have gotten pretty close.  The lighthouse base and surrounding marsh is mostly underwater during high tide.  But I did the best I could with what I had.

If it seemed like 2 hours to walk the 3/4 mile there, it took us 10 seconds to walk the 3/4 mile back.  We weren’t getting stuck in that spooky forest for sure.

First spotting of the lighthouse.

Cockspur Island Lighthouse, Tybee Island, GA. I

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |

Trying to get a little closer…

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Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |

roberts-kathy-kathleen-asheville-nc-photographer-cockspur-island-lighthouse-ga-4Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |

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Close enough…

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One last look before we head into the forest again…

roberts-kathy-kathleen-asheville-nc-photographer-cockspur-island-lighthouse-ga-1Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |

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