Archive for October, 2013


Point Lookout Lighthouse

Point Lookout Lighthouse

Point Lookout Lighthouse

My latest visit to Point Lookout was an interesting one, four days of a tropical storm kept us in the camper most of the time.  I was able to get a shot from the truck of the tower on top of the lighthouse dwelling this time.  Having a vantage point of from the height of the truck I had missed this shot the last time I was there.

I hadn’t done any extensive homework prior to my visits to realize that the light was decommissioned and replaced by an offshore steel tower.  Not wanting to have my camera out in the rain too long I had missed the fact that the light was missing from tower.  I had been excited to see the light beacon in the night from the pier on Lake Conoy, but realized in the  morning that it was not the lighthouse but the tower.  Using my 300mm lens in the daylight, it was obvious that the light was from the tower and not the actual lighthouse.

Point Lookout Light tower

Light tower from Lake Conoy

I had visited Point Lookout in August, 2012 and was able to go into the gates and photograph the keeper’s house from the front.

It had been a nice sunny day and there were people out there working who allowed us to enter the gated area and photograph.

Point Lookout Lighthouse

Point Lookout Lighthouse, 2012

Point Lookout Lighthouse marks the Northern mouth of the Potomac River.  It housed a fourth-order Fresnel lens that was visible for up to 12 miles.  The fog bell tower, originally installed in 1872, was moved and on display at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, MD.  Shown here from the water along with the Hooper Strait Lighthouse I shot in 2011.

Fog Bell Tower

Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower (left)

Cove Point Light

Cove Point Light

 

On my second attempt to see/photograph Cove Point Lighthouse I was at least able to see the Lantern above the keeper’s house.  It was a rainy weekend and to my advantage I was able to get a pretty good shot of the Fourth-order Fresnel lens doing it’s job on Cove Point.

This cylinder shaped, brick lighthouse sits directly in front of the keeper’s building and is only accessible certain times through the Calvert Marine Museum.   Fenced off from the public, the lighthouse can only be seen from the water or from the private beaches on either side on the point, or during the times of operation.

Apparently the keeper’s quarters, which were divided into two units, are available for vacation rentals.  This would absolutely make my bucket list!