Cape Florida Lighthouse

Bill Wetmore

Miami, United States

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This stunning lighthouse stands at the tip of the island of Key Biscayne’s Bill Baggs State Park just offshore from Miami, Florida, USA. I grew up playing in and around this lighthouse when it was unprotected and still had the unpainted brick exposed to the elements. Since that time, the structure was put back into operation as a navigation light, survived Hurricane Andrew (which directly hit the location of this lighthouse), was decommissioned, and relit. The lighthouse was built in 1825, and raised to 95 feet tall in 1855. This light has a long and sorted history, including being the location of a Seminole Indian battle in 1836 during which the tower’s internal wooden stairs were burned out, stranding the lightkeeper at the top to be later rescued by a passing ship. The stairs are iron today. The lighthouse has survived countless severe and direct hits by Hurricanes.

Taken on a clear August day using a Canon 5D MK II, Tamron 28-300 VC lens at 28mm, ISO1000, three exposure AEB, using a neutral density filter at 30%. Edited in Aperture and Photomatix.

On another day, I shot this same location using film in black and white. See here.

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