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Featured in “Too Bright” 1-11-2011

A frigid night and frozen water. Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI. Winter is magical to me, a time when the world slumbers; blanketed by snow, ice and cold…the sparkles in the night are the wings of ice fairies!!!

Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse…This lighthouse, owned and operated by the United States Coast Guard, is an active aid to navigation. The steel tower has a square Balcony and “round cast iron lantern room [that] features helical astragals” in the lantern. The two-story steel lighthouse keeper’s quarters are in the art deco style. The structure rests on a 60 feet (18 m) by 54 feet (16 m) concrete pier, which rises more than 20 feet (6.1 m) above the lake’s surface. The tower rests 14 feet (4.3 m) above the second floor and is 53 feet (16 m) tall overall. The red light has a focal plane of 67 feet (20 m) feet above Lake Michigan. The lantern and parapet are painted black.
The structure is near the middle of the four-mile-long Milwaukee breakwater. It is built to withstand heavy weather and waves when Lake Michigan becomes roughest. The building is made of quarter-inch “steel plates over a steel skeletal frame, and is equipped with windows and portholes with glass a full half inch in thickness.” The structure was originally painted red, but became white thereafter.
In 1926, the original fourth order Fresnel lens was transferred from the Milwaukee Pierhead Light. The “helical barred lantern is also thought to have come from the pierhead light”. The lens was removed in 1994, and is now an exhibit in Manitowoc at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
The resident lighthouse keepers serviced not only this light, but all of the lights in the harbor, however boat launching and landing from this structure was especially risky. A list of keepers is available.
The light is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the state list.

I love the arts…nature…animals…
I find my peace while photographing
the beauty around me…
sunrises, sunsets, trees, flowers, animals,
the lake, architecture…
I also like to draw and back in the 80s, I loved all of the work by
Patrick Nagel, and I was doing drawings like his!!!

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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 4 years ago

  • TY very much Hugh :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • canonman99
    canonman99almost 4 years ago

    big moon Dawn, nice edit work

  • Excuse me??? LOL…LOL… :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayalmost 4 years ago

    It is magical,wonderful work hon, and must be even more so to actually breath the crisp air and see the dancing lights xoxo

  • TY very much Shanina…crisp air, it sure is!!! Right now it is 10 degrees outside and feels -5 want to visit??? ;o) Do have a fireplace here!!! heehee :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasalmost 4 years ago

    LOL…that Dennis!!!! I adore this big ol’ moon! Love the black and white, too!

  • LOL…he always talks about my BIG MOON!!! LOL…TY very much Chris :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 4 years ago

    You know, I really think the moon is bigger in Milwaukee…lol
    geat photo

  • LOL…TY so much Lorraine :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

    ANDREW BARKEalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work Dawn :¬)

  • TY very much :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! love your moon pieces! Just got back from Madison…COLD! But..it isn’t all that warm here in TN either!

  • TY very much Karen and for the fave!!! Yeah it is a tad cold here :o) today the temp is 10 and it feels -5…wanna come back??? LOL :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great work

  • TY very much :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • GregTS
    GregTSalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing editing! Wonderful image! Like the info!
    Greg :)

  • TY very much Greg and for the fave!!! :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 4 years ago

    enchanting! xoxoxoxo

  • TY so very much and for the fave!!! :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

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