Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse - Beagle Channel, Patagonia

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, standing near Ushuaia in the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego in Argentina…

Still operational, the lighthouse is about 10 metres tall and uses solar power to beam out flashes every 10 seconds. Said to be the most photographed lighthouse in South America, boats travel out from Ushuaia to reach the lighthouse which Argentines call ‘The Lighthouse at the End of the World’, or ‘Faro del fin del mundo’.

Everyone who was standing on the deck of the boat as it left the town of Ushuaia soon huddled inside as the temperature dropped and we headed out into the expanse of the Beagle Channel. I managed to stake out a spot outside by the railing of the boat, protecting the camera from the spray until the lighthouse came into view. Fired off a number of shots as we circled the small island, and this was the one that caught my eye.

Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world and at times it feels like it – one day of lashing rain, the next of warm sun. It’s also the jumping-off point for expeditions to Antarctica – everyone seems to be in a state of transition, about to head out to the ice, just back from the ice, or just enjoying a Beagle beer…

Canon EOS-5D Mark II (wet)
1/4000 sec at f/2.8
ISO 200

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