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Turkey Point Light House

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This was the wildest storm I have ever seen. It came in so fast and as you can see, it was a streak of nasty clouds shooting across the horizon.

Notice the long funnel looking cloud behind the lighthouse…

This old lighthouse was built in 1832 and was last manned by a keeper in 1948. Four women keepers worked this lighthouse over a century of time. This old land mark is still standing tall over looking the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay as they come together.

Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens.

HDR, handheld, 1 exposure, photomatix using photo 3 times tweaked in aperture.

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National Register Status: Listed in December 2002
Name of Listing: Turkey Point Light Station (LIGHT STATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MPS)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 2002

Existing Historic Tower Facts:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1833
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: APRIL 2000 – NOVEMBER 2002
  • Automated: 1947
  • Foundation Materials: TIMBER/STONE CRIB
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 38
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1855
  • Present Optic: ?
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 2002
  • Height of Focal Plane: 129
  • Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL LENS STOLEN AFTER AUTOMATION; 250 MM, SOLAR POWERED LENS INSTALLED 1947, REMOVED IN 2000
  • Has tower been moved? NO

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Location: Located at the southern end of Elk Neck State Park (east of North East, Md USA), on a high bluff overlooking the head of Chesapeake Bay.
Latitude: 39.449883
Longitude: -76.00842

Travel Instructions: From Interstate 95 (Maryland), take Exit 100 and travel south on Highway 272. After 2.4 miles you will cross Highway 7. Continue on Highway 272 for 11 more miles (Highway 272 will become Turkey Point Road) and enter Elk Neck State Park. At the end of the road, park and follow the trail for about a mile to the lighthouse.

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Comments

  • Janie Oliver
    Janie Oliverabout 5 years ago

    absolutely great.

  • Thank you Janie

    – Monte Morton

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 5 years ago

    ♥ Stunning capture !! :D ♥

  • Thanks so much Evita, I appreciate the kind words.

    – Monte Morton

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 5 years ago

    Looks like a wolfs head at the front of the cloud! Lovely strong bold lighthouse

  • Thanks, it was a scary storm front.

    – Monte Morton

  • Jackie Fink
    Jackie Finkabout 5 years ago

    This picture is amazing. Its beatuiful ans scrary at the same time. Nice job!

  • Thank you Jackie!

    – Monte Morton

  • Bluetiger
    Bluetigerabout 5 years ago

    This is beautiful Monte, i love the moody clouds.

  • Thank you

    – Monte Morton

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 5 years ago

    wow that funnel cloud does look threatening and great capture of that against the lighthouse. Like the use of the HDR subtle but lifts the lighthouse texture well taken.I like all the imformation yo have provided to. : )

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKabout 5 years ago


    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Thank you

    – Monte Morton

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKabout 5 years ago

    This is a nice composition with dramatic clouds! Well done!

  • Thanks! This was to be my first HDR. I had to walk through thick woods about a mile or so to get there just before dark. I didn’t look behind me while walking and didn’t see this bad storm coming. I had set my tripod and camera up for the shot and looked up to see this just before the rain hit. I only got off one shot before I could set the bracketing and had to retreat for cover of the woods for over 2 hours. By then it was dark and I treaked out with only this shot. I played with it at different setting using aperture on my mac and Photomatix Pro and this was the result…not what I wanted but ok. Thanks again for your kind words.

    – Monte Morton

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you, very much appreciated!!!

    – Monte Morton

  • RRoca
    RRocaalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate that!

    – Monte Morton

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