The Nubble Light

By GillyB    
Further north on our road trip of New England and now into the state of Maine and still hunting lighthouses! The Cape Neddick Lighthouse stands on Nubble Island about 100yd (90m) off Cape Neddick Point, it is commonly known as Nubble Light. This is the nearest I could get to it and if you have very good eyesight you will notice that its light shines red, unlike the Eastern Point Light which looks very similar but shines white.

Nubble Light is a famous American icon and a classic example of a lighthouse. The Voyager spacecraft, which carries photographs of Earth’s most prominent man made structures and natural features should it fall into the hands of intelligent extraterrestrials, includes a photo of Nubble Light along with images of the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

Many thanks as always for your time.

Tags: Usa Lighthouse Architecture Maine Landscape and travel

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annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
24 Sep 2012 9:44AM
How I would love to be right there!!! there was a time when I went hunting lighthouses, it is one of most worthwhile pursuits Smile

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GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 9:53AM
Thank you Annette, whenever we go on holiday it has become a necessity to find a lighthouse to photograph .... our recent trip along the New England coast proved very fruitful! Smile
Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
24 Sep 2012 9:54AM
This is a different angle from most I've seen, and I like it very much. The low level, and rocky foreground add a lot of interest. I don't know why you could not get closer because I was able to get much closer than this on the 2 occasions I visited it.
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:01AM
Thanks Roger, I meant that the light is on an island and this part of the coast is the closest you can get to it ... where I took this from was the closest I could get to give me the best composition and most important to include an interesting foreground Smile
CaroleS Plus
7 430 3 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:05AM
Lovely low angle pov - well composed.
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:19AM
Thank you Carole Smile
NDODS 6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:32AM
An informative and interesting foreword which really sets the scene Gilly. The image certainly has charm and character in abundance, captured from a great low point of view.

Regards Nathan
marktc Plus
6 96 15 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:49AM
Brilliant Gill, your images are an inspiration
24 Sep 2012 11:28AM
Nice composition and interesting story

Irishkate Plus
6 41 110 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 11:32AM
Interesting narrative.
A great composition with lovely f/g rocks.
The lighthouse and surrounding buildings are wonderful
and a photographer's dream in their red attire.
Does the keeper live in the house?
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 11:36AM
Thank you Nathan, Mark, Tony and Kate ..... Yes I think he does Kate, there are a series of wires to the left of the buildings with a bosun's chair which I assume is the how the keeper travels across.

Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
24 Sep 2012 12:33PM
Thanks for your explanation Gill.
The light was automated in the 1980s, and the keeper left in left in 1987.
I didn't know the following until I went looking for other information: ' Unusually, the stanchions of the walkway railing around the lantern room are decorated with 4-inch (100 mm) brass replicas of the lighthouse itself.'
I was fortunate to be there for the 'Christmas in July' when the lighthouse is adorned with white lights, outlining the houses and tower. This is only done twice a year.
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 12:58PM
Thank you for the info Roger, that answers Kate's question too Smile

I would love to be there for the Christmas lights, especially in the snow. It is beautifully pristine in its red and white paintwork and must be one of the prettiest lighthouses I have visited.

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
24 Sep 2012 2:36PM
Remote lighthouse, love the isolation of the image too Gill.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Sep 2012 2:45PM
A charming image of the New England icon!
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 4:10PM
Thank you Ron and Jennn ..... and everyone else who has voted too Smile
Gerryrys 5 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 5:52PM
Excellent composition.

geffers7 Plus
7 48 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 8:54PM
Great detail in that shot Gilly.
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:22PM
Smile thank you!
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
25 Sep 2012 1:09PM
Superb shot Gill, great narrative very informative.

Wow fantastic colours well framed and I love the foreground detail, well presented and captured.

GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 11:50PM
Thank you! ... Just realised that this is my 700th upload in the 7 years I have been a member Smile

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