This is one of my favorite lighthouses and for 2 years, I tried to find it in Maine! Last year, I was determined to find it before I headed back to Massachusetts! :) Located in York, Maine USA, taken 12/4/09. I used HDR on this image.
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The “Nubble” is a small, rocky island a short distance off the eastern point of Cape Neddick, about two miles north of the entrance to the York River and York Harbor. In 1602, explorer Bartholomew Gosnold met with local Indians on the island and dubbed it “Savage Rock.”
The placement of a lighthouse on the Nubble had been recommended by many local mariners since 1807. An 1837 proposal was rejected on the grounds that there were already enough lights in the vicinity. Even after the wreck of the bark Isidore in 1842, north of the Nubble near Bald Head Cliff, it still took nearly four more decades before the lighthouse was established. The Isidore, according to legend, still reappears as a ghost ship with a phantom crew.
Congress appropriated $15,000 for the building of a lighthouse on the Nubble in 1876. The 41-foot cast-iron tower, lined with brick, was first illuminated on July 1, 1879. At first, the lighthouse was painted reddish-brown, showing a fixed red light through a fourth order Fresnel lens.
The lighthouse still exhibits a red light, but the tower has been painted white since 1902.
Nikon D300, Photomatix and finished in Picasa (1 raw image), 200 ISO, handheld, 70×300 Nikon Lens.
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