Third Watch

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Summerville Lighthouse 7619” and is available for purchase by following the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The fading sun beckons the nightshift with one last spray of color into the summer sky.

Someone climbs the stairs and looks into West as the daylight fades.

Someone lights the lamp as the starlight glows in a sea of black velvet.

Someone listens to the Whip-poor-will, the Owls and the Nighthawk call into darkness.

The voices of late night radio talk shows are the only companions as the firefly echoes the sweeping Beacon

The third watch begins.

The smell of the fresh brewed coffee fills a small office.

As the night progresses the sound of the wheels in contact with pavement adds ambiance in the moonlight.

Cool breezes bring the scent of the morning dew and the last bit of coffee lingers in the cup.

Heavy eyes welcome the first spray of light with a peaceful joy and the third watch comes to a close.

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A Light To Guide You

Summersville Lake is unique in West Virginia in that we have the only lighthouse in the state. Standing on private land the lighthouse overlooks both the lake and the Route 19. The lighthouse is recent addition but when I was a kid there was a beacon light from the local airport. In stormy weather we would see the flash from the airport and think that there was a lighthouse that only lit up in storms. We couldn’t see the actual tower. Just the beam reflected off of the clouds into the window of our bedroom. It would light up the bedroom as we slept and we knew that somewhere out there it wasn’t so dark.

It’s good to have a guiding light when times are dark and dreary. We need a fixed point to center ourselves and a light to sweep away the darkness no matter if you’re on dark foggy water, traveling on a four lane highway or snuggled up under the covers on a stormy night.