Monday, April 4, 2011

Mysterious Monday - Light Keeper's House

Caretaker's House, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon  © Doug Hickok


Legend has it that the Heceta Head Lighthouse is haunted by the Lady in Gray, or Rue as she is called. She was the wife of an assistant light keeper in the late 1800's who lost her young daughter to a drowning in the waters near the coast. In despair, Rue took her own life.
It fits the story that the word "rue" in English means regret or sorrow. Since then, many people have reported seeing or hearing her ghost in and around the lighthouse and the caretaker's house.
 On a misty and moody evening, I made this image of the light keeper's house as I walked down the hill from the lighthouse, and the gloom of the coastal fog moved in. I thought for an instant I saw something move in the darkening shadows. Was someone on the porch? What was that light in the attic? Could it have been the Lady in Gray?


36 comments:

  1. Could the glow in the upper left window be that from Rue? Really like the lighting in this image.

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  2. I love that red roof and the contrast with the blue sky.
    *** Maybe someone is working there in that attic?
    Just a positive image in my mind! LOL
    hugs and a great week
    Lëia

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  3. A beautiful mysterious capture and a very attractive lighthouse with lovely colours. Perhaps the lady in Gray is in the house where the light is burning on the top floor.

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  4. I like the contrast between the foggy forrest and the house with its warmer colors.
    And knowing the story of the house makes it even better!

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  5. Interesting and a little bit scary story :)
    The photo is excellent, I like the three main colors: red, blue and yellow.

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  6. I don't believe in ghosts (as moving shadows), Doug but I am sure that places are impregnated with the spirits of those who lived there, and who continue to live in the people left behind.

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  7. Bonjour from the frozen north, Doug, delighted to have stumbled across your photoblog! Some wonderful and colourful shots you have here, and love the story behind this one too.

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  8. This beautiful house looks so cozy and warm, but with all the fog, and after reading about Rue, I changed my mind...
    Have a good new week! ;-)

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  9. superbly atmospheric "portrait" of this handsome house with the bright red roof! funny thing about ghosts - hardly is there a building in a rather remote place without one! and there's always more than enough people who have "seen" them and are ready to swear to it! ;-))

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  10. Great capture!
    Have a peaceful new week :)

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  11. Hi, Doug! Whence such a bright light directed on the house? Unusual,enigmatical photograph!
    I have seen many blogs but your stories and comments to own photos are the very best, the very interesting and the most informative ones without doubt.

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  12. The house looks so warm and fine. Good story and photo.

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  13. fantastic colors and frame - great atmosphere
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  14. A fine evocative photo and story. A sad story too!

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  15. For all the stories, the house has a warm and cozy atmosphere. You've composed this beautifully Doug - and timed it to perfection.

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  16. Wonderful contrast between the warm tones of the house against the dark blue sky. And your narratives accompanying your photos are always interesting!

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  17. Lovely building, great image!

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  18. A beautiful image which brings out the wonderful lines and textures of this interesting building.

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  19. Great shot and an entirely enjoyable supporting post!

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  20. beautiful capture. I really like the colors.

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  21. I love that combination of colors and shapes. Red, cream and blue in a very personal and engaging tone, great. A greeting.

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  22. gorgeous light and colors!! thanks for sharing the tale with us.

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  23. Superb contrast! Love this photo.

    I wonder what would Lady in Grey say to me if I bump into her...
    Perhaps, "Would you like to have a cup of Earl Grey?"
    Have you tried Twining's Lady Grey tea?

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  24. excellent story-telling in image and word.

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  25. A beautiful shot of the assistant lighthouse keepers house. The house is great as well as the lighthouse. They are very beautiful.

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  26. lovely capture of this handsome house.. the quality of light in both the foreground & background is great.. :D

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  27. this is such a wonderful house. well framed here

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  28. Hi Doug. First I thought it was a doll house. Then I read your words. Looked back to the photo. Felt a cold feeling running up my spine. I saw it too! Your photo is very nice. I like it a lot! Very spooky woods in the backdrop, uh?

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  29. A beautiful mysterious capture, colours, story ...

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  30. i think i see her on the porch!! hehe i don't believe in ghosts, but this is a GORGEOUS picture, what color!!

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  31. I do love old buildings/homes with a story from their past!

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  32. This beautiful house, good shot!

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  33. Wonderful capture of a warm and beautiful foreground and a cold and harsh distant... And a nice horror story to!

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  34. Very nice! And very nice colorz:-)

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