The Key West lighthouse is located in Key West, Florida. The first Key West lighthouse was a 65-foot (20 m) tower completed in 1825. It had 15 lamps in 15-inch (380 mm) reflectors. The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, became the lighthouse keeper, serving for 32 years. The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 destroyed the lighthouse; the USS Morris, which was wrecked during the storm, reported "a white sand beach covers the spot where Key West Lighthouse stood". Barbara Mabrity survived, but fourteen people who had sought refuge in the lighthouse tower died, including seven members of her family. (The same hurricane destroyed the Sand Key Lighthouse, eight miles (13 km) away, killing six people, including the keeper, Rebecca Flaherty, another widow of a previous keeper.) Barbara Mabrity continued to serve as keeper of the Key West Light until the early 1860s, when she was fired at age 82 for making statements against the Union (Key West remained under Union control throughout the Civil War).
As both lighthouses serving Key West had been destroyed in the 1846 hurricane, a ship, the Honey, was acquired and outfitted as a lightship to serve as the Sand Key Light until new lighthouses could be built. Due to efforts to reorganize the Lighthouse Board, Congress was slow to appropriate funds for the new lighthouses. The new tower for the Key West Light was completed in 1848. It was 50 feet (15 m) tall with 13 lamps in 21-inch (530 mm) reflectors, and stood on ground about 15 feet (4.6 m) above sea level. In 1858 the light received a third order Fresnel lens. In 1873 the lantern was replaced (it had been damaged by a hurricane in 1866), adding three feet to the height of the tower. The growth of trees and taller buildings in Key West began to obscure the light, and in 1894 the tower was raised twenty feet, placing the light about 100 feet (30 m) above sea level.
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jacquest (18871) 2014-07-03 12:21
This is a very nice composition with an interesting contrast between three colors. I like the perspective on the lighhouse and the light from the partly covered sky.
pierrefonds (61086) 2014-07-03 15:14
The lighthouse is well framed. The point of view is showing the détails, the colors of the tree and of the lighthouse. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
emka (87568) 2014-07-03 20:40
Hello Asa, Welcome back. I haven't seen you here for ages. spectacular view of this red flowers against the white lighthouse. Very pleasant this white verandah.
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Cricri (112113) 2014-07-04 22:13
Hi Asa, bon retour parmi nous
Un bel arbre aux fleurs rouges bien cadrer près du phare et du balcon blanc, une belle réalisation avec un jeu ombre et de lumière bien capturer
saxo042 (37724) 2014-07-05 8:56
A pleasant depth here with the foreground porch and the background lighthouse. The red flowers add a very attractive band across the picture. A very interesting note.
jhm (145228) 2014-07-08 3:44
Your picture is nice with the lighthouse perfect above the lovely red flowers.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant.
Excellent composition and nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
ourania (37412) 2014-07-09 7:58
this presentation of the Key West lighthouse is very lovely and interesting, it has an unexpected context for a lighthouse, just a glimpse of the sky and no sight of the sea. Your arrangement is great, you made the most of the little space available and used the perspective very aptly. Depth and sharpness are excellent, I love the play of light and shadow as well as the combination of bright and dark tones. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-07-15 0:52
un phare joliment mis en valeur par cet arbre fleuri. Une belle composition originale, lumineuse et colorée.
ChrisJ (105571) 2014-07-16 3:22
These poinciana or flamboyant trees also grow well in coastal eastern Australia. The red contrasts well against the blue sky. Good sharpness and the bg lighthouse makes a fine focal point. The curved path adds good lead in lines. Tfs!
Waylim (25434) 2014-07-16 10:45
Good to see you're still around. Not many old timers around anymore. It was a great place at one time. But this site managed to pissed them off in many different ways. I have heard many different reasons why they left. The moderators has upset me a few times too for small minor details. Once I have cats in the photo, they are not my pet, I was in Morroco and the cats are on the streets, part of learning about this Earth, and cats and dogs are not part of this earth. But at least I can post picture of my pet lizards, yeah. the other I had my shadow in the picture, sometime your shadow will ended up in your photo because of the low sunlight. Anyway, old news.
I didn't know there is light house in Key West. It was so long ago when I was there. this is really good, love the red hot blosome on the tree and the light house rises up in between the flowers. The tropical mood and atmosphere is clearly visible. Excellent quality work.
jemaflor (90139) 2014-07-16 12:52
Well taken from an interesting angle, good composition, nice colors and a good memory for me about this lighthouse and this island.
cornejo (36469) 2014-07-17 11:28
Hello Asa, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition with the lighthouse, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
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adores (41686) 2014-07-21 17:52
Welcome back! Good to see you're posting again!
You framed the lighthouse very well here. I like the composition, with the colourful flowers and you captured a good moment of sun, just great with that cloudy sky. Seems a very nice place!
COSTANTINO (60631) 2014-07-22 13:18
Hello DEAR FRIEND
here we have a different lighthouse located in Key WestFlorida you took an artistic shot showing
beautiful details and a tree full of
nice place to visit
have a nice time
fotka (3983) 2014-07-29 5:16
I am lover of lighthouses and your photo very pleased me. Recently I did trip around lake Michigan to see many lighthouses there.
An excellent diagonal composition with a porch in the FG, lighthouse in the BG and beautiful red flowered tree between. Well done with great quality.
npecanhuk (70884) 2014-08-02 7:44
Lovely and charming details!
Beautiful and attractive picture!
I love all that white together with some red and green other details!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
Miguel82 (26905) 2014-08-11 5:26
You manage to include a house, a lighthouse and a flame tree with red flowers in the frame Asa, good vertical shot, neat picture, regards
- Copyright: Asa Jernigan (asajernigan) (21427)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Tamron AF18-270mm F3,5-6,3 DI II VC LD, DIGITAL Circular P.L.D. 72mm
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-03 8:46