Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Door at Turn Point


The Door at Turn Point, originally uploaded by macatay.

Yesterday we hiked to Turn Point, a ritual pilgrimage to a magical place. This westernmost headland on Stuart Island overlooks the border between the US and Canada, as well as swirling tides, many whales, lots of ship traffic and spectacular views. It is a natural location for a lighthouse, and on the bluff there are well preserved Victorian buildings that must have housed a lighthouse keeper and his crew. But there is no lighthouse anymore.
We knew from the charts that there was a navigation light marking the point, and yesterday I went looking for it. I found it atop the odd building in the sketch above. I felt as if I had entered a painting by Magritte or Max Ernst. This building is only four feet square - where does the door go? Out the other side is a steep drop into the sea, and Canada and the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the world.

2 Comments:

Anonymous T said...

Hey y'all,

Checking in with you. Catherine your sketches are really beautiful. Cameron is all packed up and excited about his adventure to come. I wish I could trade places with him, but I've already had mine.....in 1968...Hornby Island...whew.

We'll keep you posted about arrangements, but it looks like it's not too difficult.

Love to you both,

T

June 04, 2006 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Drew said...

Catherine and Mac....thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful sketches and watercolors. As I look out at the concrete and trees of Portland, it was a wonderful respite to hear about your adventures on the water. Thank you for sharing with us land locked types......

June 06, 2006 4:11 PM  

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