This is my favorite of my shots of Nubble Light. It was taken later in our shoot, and the northern wind had blown some perfect whispy clouds in to add a little more visual interest than the clear blue sky had been able to provide.
Visible on the left side of the frame are both utility and gondola lines. The lighthouse (a private residence) is only accessible by boat or by gondola, as the lighthouse sits on an island, 100yds offshore. The gondola is used occasionally by the residents to get to and from the island, though I’ve been informed that they typically travel by boat, as it would be rather difficult to fit a week’s groceries in the tiny two-person gondola.
The Cape Neddick Lighthouse stands on Nubble Island about 100yd (90m) off Cape Neddick Point. It is commonly known as Nubble Light or simply, The Nubble. Cape Neddick Point is at the north end of Long Sands Beach in the village of York Beach. The lighthouse is inaccessible to the general public, but the nearby mainland is occupied by Sohier Park which offers a telescope with which to view the lighthouse and a gift shop with a “Nubble” theme.
Although the origin of the little lighthouse adornments is unknown, there are many other stories about the Nubble Light. Among them is the story of the keeper and his wife who, in 1912, decided to take advantage of the booming tourist business at the York beaches. They developed a lively business ferrying tourists across to the island and giving tours. The trade grew so lively that the light was neglected and the keeper fired.5 Another keeper lived on the island with his 19-pound cat who was an attraction in himself, especially when he reputedly swam across the channel to visit mainland friends. It is not always summer, though, and another story lends balance to lighthouse living. The Nubble is such a windy spot that in the winter, the temperature dropped so low that the flow of lamp oil to the incandescent oil vapor lamp was impeded. The problem was solved in 1938 when the lamp was electrified. That same year, the outhouse was closed, and the keeper and his family also received indoor plumbing. (All information from Wikipedia).
Adjusted the levels and saturation — otherwise, straight from the camera.
Taken September 2010 — Cape Neddick, York, Maine.
Taken with Sony Cybershot DSC-H9.
Featured in “All About Lighthouses” Group, October 17, 2010.