Text and photographs by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
- It’s late morning and dramatic clouds show up to invite me to this day-trip to the lighthouse tower of Kristiansand, the king of Kristiansand lighthouses, Oksøy Lighthouse.
- Approaching Oksøy Lighthouse, a cormorants is wishing me welcome to the open landscape.
- As we got closer, the clouds turned white and the sky turned blue. October it is. I have learned that autumn is a perfect time to visit lighthouses. The unpredicted changes in weather are fantastic.
- Tore Johansen, the gentleman who picked me up at Flekkerøya for a boat trip to Oksøy, is helping maintaining the lighthouse area, and he knows it like his own pocket.
- A seagull is keeping an eye on us. I had no idea why, but I soon understood …
- … In one of the crab pots, a cod was trapped. The seagull and all his friends kept up company all the way to Oksøy Lighthouse. Oooooo, I can’t wait to have fresh boiled crabs for supper.
- Sailing into the harbor of Oksøy. I love this place. I have passed this lighthouse by ferry and boat numerous times, and have only stepped ashore on the island once before. This is really an honor for me. Look at the ocean cathedral of Kristiansand.
- The lines of the engine house has the same lines as Geitungen Lighthouse, drawn by Jørgen M. Meinich. Oksøy was built in 1832, Geitungen was built in 1924. Maybe Jørgen M. Meinich was inspired by Oksøy Lighthouse?
- Tore Johansen shows me the royal view. I feel like I can see right across the ocean to Denmark. The smell of salt and the sound of the wind, high up from the ground. This feels like touching heaven.
- A view over the harbor, the houses and outhouses, and the spectacular shade of the lighthouse tower.
- The heart and eye of Oksøy Lighthouse and the stunning views. So many shades of blue. A symphony of shades and shapes. Oksøy in my heart.
- Inside. Upstairs. Clean. Lines. Barbier & Benard Constructeurs in Paris produce the lighthouse light. This is size #1, the largest. It works like a clock, no sound, just a whisper.
- Walking downstairs was like walking inside a Japanese temple. The red color and clean, spotless rooms made me walk very carefully.
- Stairs. Up. Down. With a strong pole in the center. The backbone of the whole lighthouse. This construction is stunning.
- Here it is, Oksøy Lighthouse, tall and proud.
- The wind picked up, the waves increased, and the smell of salt in the air. The wind is not whispering anymore, it is singing. Loud.
- The quaint settlement with a color accent of he flag. People have lived here since 1832, and now I am standing here, looking over the well-kept area, this treasure of Kristiansand. This ocean cathedral.
- The dream-team of Oksøy, Tore and Inge, this very day. Inge works for Kystverket (coastal administration) and did a great job changing windows. He is also the guy who changed the roof at Songvaar Lighthouse. It takes much effort to maintain the areas near the ocean. And thanks to guys like these, the lighthouses are still standing.
- Autumn is on. October is here. The leaves are gone. Winter will soon be here. What a wonderful time of changes.
- “I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost
- A small guest keeps an eye out for me. Supper is on its way.
- Crab claws. A gift from the ocean. This just makes my mouth water. What a way to spend an early evening. Eating with new friends.
- It’s nearly sunset, and clouds are arriving fast. So is the darkness. The tall lighthouse is still catching the sun.
- The blue hour is on. The lighthouse is awake, serving its purpose. I can’t get enough of this sight.
- The night approaches, and it’s time to leave the island. This day went by so fast. Goodbye to a wonderful day. Goodbye to new friends. Goodbye to a precious spot on this earth. This is a day I’ll never forget.
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