A lonely guard holds its post

Postcard: Willemstoren Lighthouse, Bonaire

Postcards By Photo by Jason Heaton

A postcard is always a pleasant surprise, particularly in an era of Instagram and SMS pics. We don’t have enough postage for our entire readership, but our new bite-sized series, Postcards lightly details the who, what, when, where and why. It’s a simple, and effective, premise. Whether they’re based on a life-changing subject or just a strange one, shot with a Red Epic or an iPhone, we hope you find these little moments more genuine than the stock images you’re used to seeing opposite of the Xs and Os.

5:25 p.m. AST | Bonaire — Bonaire is an arid scrap of land in the southern Caribbean whose surrounding reef, while now perfect for diving, was once treacherous for the ships that came calling here for loads of salt. In the 1830s the Dutch built the Willemstoren lighthouse at the island’s southernmost point to warn sailors of the hazards offshore. The lighthouse is now locked up, the keeper’s house crumbling and derelict. It is a lonely spot where only the bravest divers venture off the rocky beach to defy the currents that threaten to sweep them off to Venezuela…or Africa.

Photo Notes: Nikon Df, 17mm, f/7.1, 1/250, ISO 200