Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Theme # 148 "Historic Lighthouse"

Well Julie guessed it. The first comment on the image below was from Julie and she asked if I was going to show off the Lighthouse. Well here it is and here is a little trivia about this Historic Land Mark. By the time I got here late last Sunday afternoon it was past 6pm. and we could not tour the Lighthouse but I got a good shot of it from the main parking lot across the street.
It was Authorized by the Second congress in 1792, under President George Washington and
Construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796. It was the First lighthouse in New York State and Fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States. The
Foundation is 13'deep and 9' thick and Constructed of sandstone blocks from Connecticut, 8" high and varying in length front 18" high to 44". The walls are 6' thick at the base tapering to 3' thick at the top. The height of the tower is 110' 6" with 137 iron steps to the top of the tower.
The light flashes every 5 seconds and can be seen a distance of 19 nautical miles. My first visit to this place was probably in 1945 or 1946 when I was a young boy. I remember going here on a Sunday afternoon ride with my family. My how time flies by when you are having fun. Here is a good link for this lighthouse if you are interested.
Nikon D90 2009/04/26 18:03:28
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 52mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/160 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A


  1. I am so glad you shared the lighthouse - it is magnificent! Love how you caught the whole structure and the surrounding buildings! Beautiful against that bright blue sky!

  2. Ask and ye shall receive! It is a wonderful lighthouse and your composition is excellent, as usual. Though the blue sky is beautiful, it's the light of the setting sun that makes the photo for me. Thanks for providing the background information - I had no idea it was so old.

    What is the newer tower to the left, by the way?

  3. The light and clarity makes it look like a model set. I knew lighthouses had to be tall, but somehow I didn't realize how it would dwarf the buildings around it. Beautiful, striking shot! (Love the frame you did, too.)

  4. Yet another masterful post and commentary Eddie, great shot.

  5. Another knockout Eddie! I had no idea either how old it is.

  6. Nice. I like the color and composition.

  7. Glorious colors! I really like both this and your prior photo "Water's Edge". They give a great sense of the landscape in this lovely area of NY!

  8. The newer tower to the left of the original lighthouse was built during World War II as part of the extensive Eastern Coastal Defense Shield. Spotters in the tower would coordinate artillery fire for the crew of the 16" cannons located at Fort Hero on the bluff 500 meters to the west of the tower. Completed 1942.

  9. Great shot of the lighthouse - great lighting this time of night, even if you didn't get to tour inside.

  10. The composition is perfect.

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