Wanderer – Lighthouses of Cape Elizabeth & South Portland, Maine (Gallery)


Portland Head Light

I’ve always had a fascination with lighthouses, and as I sit here and type this, I’m not even entirely sure where that originates from.  Perhaps I saw pictures when I was really young and they were imprinted in my brain.  Maybe it’s something more simple, such as their unique shape.  When I was teen 100 years ago (slight exaggeration :P), I got into painting ceramic sculptures, and meticulously painted a series of famous lighthouses once I got good at it.

Whatever the origin is, part of our excursion to Maine was to at least visit a single lighthouse.  We were limited in time as we had a ferry to catch to our next destination the next day, so we picked the Portland Head Light, known as one of the most photographed lighthouses in America and is also the oldest lighthouse in Maine.  According to Wikipedia, the lighthouse was constructed at the directive of George Washington, our first President, in 1787!  Seemed like a good place to start for our lighthouse tour!


Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, or ‘Bug Light’ for short

The Fort Williams Park trails along the coast allowed for several dramatic viewing spots and photo opportunities, so we made the most of it.  This lighthouse wasn’t the only one in the area either.  Armed with my telephoto lens primarily used for wildlife photography, I was also able to snap a few shots of the Ram Island Ledge Light and the Spring Point Ledge Light as well from the park.

We were also able to stop at the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, also referred to as the ‘Bug Light’.  This small lighthouse is interesting, as it has Greek and Roman architectural influence with six Corinthian columns.  Up close, the detail is impressive.

One thing’s for sure, the area deserved more attention than the one day we were able to enjoy it.  I foresee a future visit down the road.  Until then, please enjoy the photo gallery below (click images to enlarge).  Feel free to share your personal experiences by commenting!


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