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)