Port St. Joe Lighthouse (Cape San Blas)

This beautiful Lighthouse is located in a park at Port. St. Joe, FL. It is one of four lighthouses on Florida’s Forgotten Coast Lighthouse Tour. This lighthouse has a very long history of damage and replacement by many storms. Now, surrounded by trees it is just a short distance away from the city’s waterfront.

The first lighthouse was built in 1847 on a site, “deemed to be entirely secure from overflow or inundation.” But in during a strong gale in 1851, it collapsed. A year later, a new lighthouse was constructed but the light was not installed until 1855. Ten months later a hurricane ruined it. A third lighthouse was built in 1859. During the Civil War, the light was removed from the lighthouse, but the keepers dwelling and the wooden portions of the tower were burned.

Life was not easy for the lighthouse keepers as well. One drowned, one was murdered and I could go on and on, but here is the link to its history which I think you will find very interesting. Also, the locations have been changed many times. At one period, the Air Forced owned the lighthouse. This lighthouse is now 12 miles away from its original location.

Here is the link: http://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=591.

Ponce de Leon Light

Lighthouses are beautiful creations of man. They span the globe and have protected sailors for hundreds of years. While they are interesting to view, at times they are different subjects to photograph.

This lighthouse…or “light” as it is called, is located on Ponce de Leon inlet in central Florid south of Daytona. It is the second tallest in the country  (175 feet) with the Cape Hatteras Light in North Carolina being taller at 207 feet. It was completed in 1887 replacing one that was constructed in 1835 in the same area.

Lighthouses present problems to photographers in several ways. Because of their height, it is difficult to get the full lighthouse  without getting distortion. Usually there are trees blocking part of the view and there may be other buildings in the area.

Here are two view of the lighthouse-one in color and one in black and white. The low angle of the photograph and the subjects in the fore ground provide depth and a view of the lighthouse in the background. The clouds in the sky add interesting detail.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse BWPonce Inlet lighthouse color


Pensacola Lighthouse

I have been known to travel 100’s of miles to photograph a light house but we have one here in Pensacola  just 45 minutes from our house. and it took several years before I took some photographs of it.   I have never made a print of it until recently. So here is is.

This Featured Photos displays the Pensacola Lighthouse at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. This tower was constructed in 1858 and was first lite on January 1, 1859.  It stands  150 feet tall. The light house was damaged during the Civil War but was repaired.  The fully restored Keepers’ Quarters has been full restored and is now a museum and a gift shop.

Before the Civil War the lighthouse was all white  Later the upper two thirds was painted black. It was electrified in 1935 and the light was automated in 1965

This photograph was taken on a cloudy morning using trees as a frame. A wide angle lens helps makes iit a nice presentation.

The world’s largest Naval aviation museum is nearby.


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