On a freezing cold day in Michigan, Outer Lighthouse on St Joseph North Pier cuts a striking figure.
Thanks to the harsh Midwest winter, it’s morphed into an icicle sculpture — a grand, crystalized lookout illuminated by the light of a full moon.
It’s just one of many eye-catching sights featured in “Lighthouses: Beacons of the Sea” — a stunning image collection published by Amber Books.
The new book showcases lighthouses across the world — from the traditional, nautical-striped Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk, England, to the quirky, leaning Gadeokdo East Breakwater (West End) Lighthouse in Yeondo, Changwon, South Korea.
“The appeal of lighthouses, I think it’s quite a mixture of things. It’s partly because usually they are very striking structures in their own right,” author David Ross tells CNN Travel.
“And, of course, they embody a particular kind of aspiration as well — in that they’re among the few buildings perhaps that exist only for the benefit of other people.”
Ross is a historian who specializes in the stories behind historic buildings, ships and transport.
Growing up in the coastal far north of Scotland, the author remembers
lighthouses capturing his imagination from an early age.
“I think I was 10 years old when I first climbed the hundreds of steps up to the top of a lighthouse,” he recalls.
“And, at night, from where we were, it was possible to see, I think, probably the lights of three different lighthouses, each maybe 20 or 30 miles away from each other, but each sending out a beam.”