Named after Pharos, the lighthouse at Alexandria, Pharology is the study of lighthouses and their signals.

But I know you don’t come here to learn, so let’s leave it at that.

This is the beautiful Beachy Head Lighthouse on the South coast of England. I got up at 3.30 in the morning a few days ago so that I could hike out to it with John and Marshall. The tide was not in our favour, and neither was the sun to be honest, so after scrambling over large wet rocks and dodging the tide for a couple of hours we finally got there – the uneventful sunrise had already happened. I had done the same hike a few years earlier, but this one certainly felt tougher.

Last time, however, we didn’t climb up to the base of the lighthouse itself – which I had to do this time just to check out the view from there, and of course take a nice image of it looking up.

Though I am not keen to do that particular hike again for at least another couple of years, I have learnt that the lighthouse will be getting a fresh coat of paint in a few months times so it may be worth another low-tide visit just to see it looking all fresh and vibrant. Well done to the Beachy Head Lighthouse Campaign for there fundraising efforts and hard work.

  • Camera: NEX-7
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s