For some reason I had this picture wandering around in my head today. I am not sure why. However, I do know that it was taken during a wonderful day spent with my sister and she just celebrated her anniversary this week.
This beautiful lighthouse is officially know as Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1920 on one of the Les Eclaireurs islets. The lighthouse is about five miles east of Ushuia, Argentina and is in the middle of the Beagle Channel. However, the lighthouse is more commonly known to Argentines as Faro del fin del mundo (The Lighthouse at the End of the World).
The Beagle Channel is named after the HMS Beagle during its first voyage to Argentina from 1826 to 1830. The channel runs between Argentina and Chile. The HMS Beagle made another trip to the channel three years later with Charles Darwin on board. I read an interesting book a couple years ago about the captain of the HMS Beagle. The book was Evolution’s Captain: The Dark Fate of the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World by Peter Nichols. Here is my review from goodreads.com:
This was an interesting book about the Captain of the HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy. Peter Nichols presents an interesting analysis of how FitzRoy and Darwin interacted on the voyage and how their beliefs diverged throughout the voyage and later in life. FitzRoy was looking for a companion on the voyage who would also be able to conduct scientific research. Darwin took advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime.
I learned that although Darwin collected a large number of specimens on the trip, he did not begin to formulate his theory of natural selection until years later.
FitzRoy’s dealings with the Indians of Tiera Del Fuego also helped form Darwin’s views on slavery and his ideas on the Descent of Man.
OK, I have gone off on a tangent, so will pull this back to the day that I took the picture.
Our visit to Ushuaia was one of the port calls on our cruise to Antarctica. We had just spent almost a week on board cruising through Antarctica and were ready for some time on land. However, my sister and I purchased a tour package that included both a boat ride through the Beagle Channel and a bus trip through the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Even though we spent more time on a boat, I am glad that we didn’t miss the experience. We had a wonderful day taking pictures of wildlife and enjoying the beauty of Southern Argentina. We both captured some great shots as well as some wonderful memories.
Another interesting little bit of trivia. Jules Verne wrote a book titled The Lighthouse at the End of the World. This is not the lighthouse that is featured in the story. The lighthouse in the Verne novel is further east on Isla de los Estados and was no longer functioning at the time this one was built in 1920.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful picture.