Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia lighthouse drone project facing some challenges

There are some unique challenges do documenting all of Nova Scotia's lighthouses, but Larry Peyton says "the project isn't complete until I've captured every one of them."

'My biggest hurdle now is acquiring assistance with getting to the offshore lights,' says Larry Peyton

The lighthouse at Carters Island was the 100th capture for Larry Peyton's Nova Scotia Lighthouse Project, which is documenting all 175 of the province's lighthouses. (Submitted by Larry Peyton)

A man on a mission to photograph all of Nova Scotia's 175 lighthouses says the project is coming along, but it has its challenges.

Larry Peyton, from Waverley, N.S., set out last year to use his drone to document all of the province's lighthouses.

This week, he hit the 100 mark — which means there's just 75 left to go.

The Maugher Beach lighthouse, seen in drone footage. (Submitted by Larry Peyton)

"The project isn't complete until I've captured every one of them," said Peyton.

"Some call me determined, though I reckon stubborn may be more appropriate."

The Louisbourg lighthouse, as seen by Larry Peyton. (Submitted by Larry Peyton)

He there have been challenges getting to some of the more remote locations.

"Sometimes things move very quickly, where a stretch of good weather matches an opening in my schedule. Other times, I am hindered by other factors," said Peyton.

The Sydney Range Front lighthouse is found in Sydney Harbour. (Submitted by Larry Peyton)

"My biggest hurdle now is acquiring assistance with getting to the offshore lights; I really need help from local boat owners in the respective areas, but making contacts is not always easy."

Peyton received help from a young man in Abbotts Harbour, who took him in a zodiac boat to the lighthouses dotted around the Tusket Islands.

A distant view of the Mabou Harbour lighthouse. (Submitted by Larry Peyton)

But in areas like Cape Breton, Peyton said he's still having difficulty tracking down people who are able to bring him to lighthouse locations.

You can follow the drone lighthouse project by following Peyton on Twitter.

An unconventional view of the Sambro Island lighthouse, taken using a drone. (Submitted by Larry Peyton)

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