I started photographing lighthouses in 2014 on a trip to Scotland and then later that year at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After going to the NC coast for family vacations as a child I seldom went to the beach as an adult. When I did it would be for a couple of days and then back to the Piedmont. Being a mountain lover I usually spent my spare time in the mountains. After that 2014 trip Jackson, my dog, and I took a spring trip to the Outer Banks in 2015. Since then I have added to my collection and have divided them into two different collections spanning four years. I hope you enjoy these beauties.
Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland [June 2014]
When I started gathering this collection of photographs for my website I realized the first lighthouse I photographed was late in my life and overseas. I was in Scotland on my 60th birthday and had asked my host at the bed & breakfast I was stay if there were any lighthouses I could get to. She recommended Neist Point. The walk was a long one and included quite a few stairs. It takes a while before you see the lighthouse, but oh the view when you do. Neist Point Lighthouse was built in 1909 and automated in 1990.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse [December 2014]
My first North Carolina lighthouse was my second lighthouse I photographed six month after my first in Scotland. At 163feet high and located in the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina this lighthouse flashes every 15 seconds making it visible more than 12 miles out to sea. The lighthouse became fully automated in 1950 and is one of the few lighthouses that operate during the day. This lighthouse is known for its unique checkered paint.
Currituck Beach Light [April 2015]
Built in 1875 the Currituck Beach is located between Cape Henry Light and Bodie Island. Currituck at 162 feet, a similar height to Bodie, Hatteras, and Cape Outlook lighthouses ended up not painted, its brick facade visible making it distinctly different. The lighthouse was automated in 1939.
Bodie Island Lighthouse [April 2015]
Jackson and I spent a lot of time at Bodie Island Lighthouse. I think we chose the right week to make our trip; it seemed we had the whole seashore and in the early evenings we were able to visit two lighthouses and have the grounds to ourselves. Walking out the boardwalk Jackson raced ahead of me, nose in the air full of the scent of salt air. I kept him on the boardwalk especially in the grassy area as the prickly cacti were camouflaged among the blades of grass. Reaching the end we set up the tripod and settled in to wait for the light to change. During that time I thought of how my mother would have loved to see my lighthouse photographs. I could see her painting a watercolor or working on a canvas with oils recreating the scenes with her own artistic vision. I do miss being able to share this with her and do appreciate she passed on some little artistic talent to me.
Hatteras Lighthouse [April 2015]
Hatteras is the lighthouse moved about a mile to save it from beach erosion. The Outer Banks of North Carolina are a living and moving set of barrier islands. The storms that blow in off the Atlantic constantly change the cost of North Carolina. As the ocean approached the Cape Hatteras Light plans were formulated where the lighthouse was saved and moved in a good distance from the shoreline of that time.
Ocracoke Lighthouse [April 2015]
Is in the quaint Outer Banks town of Ocracoke Built in 1823 it is 75 feet tall and automated in 1955. This is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest surviving lighthouse in the state.
Wind Point Lighthouse [July 2015]
This was up in Lake Point WI. Wind Point Lighthouse was built in 1880. The beacon has changed over the years and is now automated. The Village of Wind Point has maintained the lighthouse and grounds since 1964, and uses the old keeper’s quarters as the village hall and police headquarters. The lighthouse tower underwent a major renovation in 2007.
Southport Lighthouse [July 2015]
The Kenosha Southport Lighthouse was built in 1866, the tower from the base to the lens of the light was 55 feet. The hill the tower is on is 19 feet above lake level making the light 74 feet high when it was active. It was in use until 1906 when it was replaced by taller light stations built to the north and south. A 1989 restoration feasibility study by the Kenosha County Historical Society led to the preservation of the tower. A replica of the lantern room was positioned on the tower on May 7, 1994, completing the first phase of restoration. This light station is listed on the Wisconsin and National Register of Historic Places.
Burntcoast Head Lighthouse [August 2016]
The Burntcoat Head Light resides in the Burntcoat Head Park beside the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. The Bay of Fundy is the site where the highest tide in the world had been recorded.
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse [August 2016]
After touring the Fundy Bay area we headed to the east coast of Nova Scotia to see Peggy’s Cove. We went through Halifax intending to do a little sightseeing there, but the city was so crowded and hot we decided to forgo that and head to close-by Peggy’s cove. We picked out the closest campground to the lighthouse and had a lovely oceanside view with some evergreen trees for shade. A front with storms was moving in and I had just enough time to walk a half kilometer to pick up some dinner and climb into the camper of the truck for shelter. We only had a little wind and a gentle rain that night with a beautiful sunny clear morning. We got to the village and lighthouse just as the sun was peaking over the horizon and were presented with this beautiful sight.