This view of Boston Harbor was taken from the top of the tower at Fort Revere in Hull (which itself has an interesting history dating back to the Revolutionary War).
The lighthouse in the foreground is Boston Light, which is the only lighthouse in the U.S. that is actively staffed (even though the mechanism operates automatically). It is situated on Little Brewster Island in Boston harbor, and the National Park Service runs boat visits out there every day during the summer. I highly recommend it if you are in the area. There has been a lighthouse here since 1716; the current lighthouse dates from 1783.
The second lighthouse is the Graves Island lighthouse, built in 1903. It is still active, although I believe it and its foghorn run only when it is foggy out. It was recently sold by the U.S. Government to a private owner for just over $900,000; nobody yet knows what the new owner's plans are for the place. The Coast Guard will still need access to service the light. According to a story in the Boston Globe, the place has two "bedrooms", but no running water or electricity; you need a 30' ladder to get in from your boat.
Boston Harbor is notoriously tricky; the channels are narrow and confusing; last year I saw a ferry that had run aground on a sand bar just out of the standard channel. These lighthouses were incredibly important 100 or so years ago.
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macjake (45588) 2013-09-06 20:58
great to see you back posting new photos!
this is a fine welcome back to TE.
who can't resist a lighthouse right?
and i've really enjoyed reading your notes, very interesting history.
TE is suppose to be about learning from our photos, and thats exactly what i've done here with yours.
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-09-06 21:57
These navigational aids have always been popular eye pointers to coastal scapes and as depicted we have the real bonus not one but two historic nautical markers to guide the seafarers into the harbour and thanks to your notes - and bits of history lessons for me. A well composed wide view as the prominent structures stand so catchy dominating the view and strikingly set off against the blue waters on a slight hazy morning. You managed the clarity superbly with fantastic detail taken the best possible viewpoint with excellent scale proportion. Some exquisite work and a real pleasure to view! Great shot. Have a great wkend
emka (64182) 2013-09-06 23:35
fabulous view of these lighthouses and these pretty white small houses. Fantastic colour of water. very interesting note. Superb post.
aleXundar (621) 2013-09-07 2:03
This is a real beauty. Great colors and clarity with an excellent composition. I would love to stay in one of those cottages for a day or two.
snunney (72762) 2013-09-07 2:20
Good to see you back. I like this composition and the juxtaposition between the two lighthouses, which helps to give the scene depth. The image is pleasantly lit and has good colours, especially the heavenly blue sea, and clarity.
marabu61 (5879) 2013-09-07 3:29
This view somehow reminds me of the Skärgården in Sweden and Finland with the many little islands strewn across the frame. Great succession of light towers, they provide a good line to follow and explore the scene.
I don't remember having seen this view when in Boston and New England a few years back.
have a great weekend
Noel_Byrne (13416) 2013-09-07 4:04
One lighthouse is cool, but two lighthouses is super cool! Great story to go with the very marine view, and I love that the closer one has his light shining right into the camera.
I would also wonder what somebody could do with a lighthouse, perhaps transform to a house? I watched a show yesterday called Grand Designs and somebody had spent a million pounds transforming an old lifeboat dock into a super modern house, it looked amazing. Perhaps the same idea here? Either way, you captured a fine shot with excellent subject, vivid color and beautiful depth.
All the best
holmertz (31340) 2013-09-07 8:07
This is a really nice view. I doubt there could be many places with two lighthouses so close together. The rocky islets with their white buildings would be great places to visit but maybe not ideal for a summer house.
jcpix (6596) 2013-09-07 17:06
So glad to see you back! A welcome return for sure, and a nice way to do so with this post. Great notes, they add a lot pertinent information and relevance to the imagery. I can't recall ever seeing two lighthouse so close together...but looking at the landscape, I can certainly understand the need.
Technically, this looks to be very sound, a level horizon and spot on exposure...the deep blue water looks very natural and inviting. Great timing as well to capture the lamp facing head on, a subtle but effective visual, especially for a daytime shot. I would imagine some cold and lonely nights out there during the winter, but for now...looks like a nice place to be. :) Have a great evening. Take care.
- Copyright: Roger Lipsett (rogerl) (1156)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-06
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2013-09-06 15:33