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Seven Foot Knoll Light

Seven Foot Knoll Light

Built in 1855, the Seven Foot Knoll Light once occupied a spot at the mouth of the Patapsco River where it meets the mighty Chesapeake Bay. Like most 19th century lighthouses, it was manned by keepers over the years...

Concord Point Light

Twas a foggy and hazy morning when I last visited the Top of the Bay in Havre De Grace Maryland, where the historic Concord Point Lighthouse stands proudly. This was also the place where I captured this riverside stroll. The Concord Point Light was constructed in 1827 by local resident John Donahoo who used granite as the main material for this 36 foot tower. Donahoo's work was so impressive that he went on to build another dozen or so lighthouses in the state of Maryland. This lighthouse, with it's whitewash finish, remained in service until 1975.

Just think, there were not many shoreline cities or communities in the early 19th century so these navigation aids were tremendously important for safe travel on the waterways of the east coast at that time.

Concord Point Light
Concord Point Light

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As I took this photography I was imagining the difficulty of navigating the open waters in fog, as was present on this particular morning. Standing on the shoreline, visibility was down to approximately 100 feet, a scary situation when traveling among rocky outcrops and sometimes shallow waters.

As you can see, the Sun is far above the horizon yet the fog has not completely burned off, which causes the sunlight to cast a glow over the entire area.

In Lightroom 4 I have created a few B&W presets for easy and quick conversions like the one below.

Concord Point Light - B&W
Concord Point Light - B&W

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As always, your comments and feedback is always welcome.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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Yankee Point Light

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Here in the Mid Atlantic Region ferocious thunderstorms were experienced late Friday evening into Friday night with high winds exceeding 60 mph. Millions of people were without power for most of the weekend in portions of Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. My home rode through okay, never losing power or sustaining damages but A good portion of Saturday was spent on the phone with friends and family who were in some way affected.

The storms, some of the worst in decades, did bring relief from the 100 plus degree days we've had lately, dropping temperatures to a more summer-like low nineties.

Today I thought I would share a more peaceful scene, leaving the turmoil of Friday in the rear-view mirror. :-)

Below is an image of the boat launch ramp area at the Yankee Point Marina in Lancaster Virginia. I've entitled this post "Yankee Point Light" because of the small lighthouse on the pier. This is not an official light house, it's ornamental and constructed of wood, but does make for a nice navigational aid when coming in during hours of darkness.

Yankee Point Light
Yankee Point Light

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At the base of the lighthouse is a cute little doghouse (non-functional) which is screened off to keep out pesky critters. I love this are and the Yankee Point Marina.

A short distance to the left of this view is where I created the image "At Water's Edge". What a peaceful early Sunday morning shoot that was. :-)

Thank you for clicking by!

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Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Built in 1855 and once located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and the Patapsco River, it's the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in the state of Maryland.  It once stood on a shallow shoal but was decommissioned and relocated up river (the Patapsco's north branch ends at Baltimore's inner harbor) as a museum. The relocation occurred in 1988. Today you can walk right up to it as it sits on the harbor's promenade. Until it was automated in 1949, the lighthouse keeper and his family would live there year-round. Now that's tough duty during the Winter months with high winds, ice and no cover from the elements other than the lighthouse itself. Geez!

Let's begin with a walk down the aforementioned promenade on this bright, sunny, Summer morning.  The lighthouse is down on the left.

The Promenade
The Promenade

The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

An old historic structure like this deserves a B&W rendering.

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - B&W
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - B&W

In a future post we'll have a look at the inside of this historic lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thanks so much for visiting and have a great day!

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