"Great Lakes Lighthouse
Odyssey" was produced in response to
popular demand following public presentations of John and Ann
Mahan's multi-media program.
The Great Lakes -- vast inland
seas -- have the world's largest concentration of lighthouses.
John and Ann take viewers on a breathtaking journey to lighthouses
on all five Great Lakes, in all seasons and weather conditions.
Along the way, explore rocky shores, precipitous cliffs, sand
beaches, towering dunes, and remote islands. See lighthouses from
the air, land, and water. Return with a lightkeeper's daughter to
the remote island that was her childhood home. Experience the
sights and sounds of the Rock of Ages lantern room. See lighthouse
interiors, lenses and foghorns, and gain insights into the lives
of lighthouse keepers and the symbolism of lighthouses. See
shipwreck remains, and travel to Death's Door. Fly over Niagara
Falls, the Soo Locks, the Welland Canal, and a castle in the
Thousand Islands. Kayak into sea caves at Devils Island Light.
Cross Lake Michigan in dense fog on a car ferry.
photographers for the first book published on Great Lakes
Northern Lights: Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes),
Ann and John Mahan began their lighthouse odyssey in the early
1980s--before any lighthouse guidebooks existed, and before many
Fresnel lenses were removed, the last lighthouses on the Great
Lakes were unmanned, and many lighthouse restoration efforts
begun. The 300 images in this program span a period of two
decades, giving a perspective not available anywhere else. Through
vivid imagery, lyrical narration, moving music, and sounds
recorded in their travels, the Mahans present a unique look at
Great Lakes lighthouses that is both historical and poetic.
"stunning images and
comprehensive information...a fine production"
Great Lakes Lighthouse Odyssey
copyright Ann and John Mahan
Photographs, Text, Narration, and Sound Recordings
by Ann and John Mahan
"Passage Island" -- written
and performed by Jenny Mahan
"Islands" -- written and
performed by Carol Johnson
"Lightkeepers' Kids" --
written and performed by Jenny Mahan
Background music courtesy
DeWolfe Music Library, Inc.
Running time: 45 minutes
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