On a camping trip in October, on the shores of Sligo Bay (Republic of Ireland), I photographed this character. Apologies for the poor quality, but he is quite a distance out, plus I was coping with Storm Brian. The Metal Man is, in some ways, the opposite of a traditional lighthouse. He stands 4.3 metres tall and he’s dressed like a Naval officer. His weight is 6.3 tonnes and he points out to Mariners where to sail, in a deep channel of water. He has done so since 1821! And this particular day, he had a feathered friend perched on his head!
I have also included photos of a small, disused lighthouse (on an island) and a taller lighthouse in action (quite a distance out to sea), both visible from the same place from where I photographed the Metal Man.
Lee Maginnis (Northern Ireland)