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Key West Lighthouse

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 30 October 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Key West lighthouse was built in 1847 to replace the original wooden tower on Whitehead Point destroyed the previous year by a hurricane. The present location, 14 feet above sea level, was chosen to protect the new tower from a similar fate. This tower was 66 feet high with a fixed white light. In 1894, twenty feet were added to bring it to its present height. The three red sector panels were the code signifying dangerous approaches to the harbor. The lighthouse was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1969. The tower was restored for $265,000 in 1989, re-opening in February. Its 175-watt metal halide light which works on a photo-electric cell lights up as the daylight diminishes can be seen several miles out to sea.

Photo captured September 25, 2013.

NIKON D7000 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 100 22 mm

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Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful framing .

30 Oct 2013 7:16am

claudie from le havre, France

very lumineux !!!beautiful photo !!!

30 Oct 2013 7:48am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Gorgeous colour and definition

30 Oct 2013 7:52am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Magnifique point de vue...
Lumière agréable.)

30 Oct 2013 8:46am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

NIce picture, and yet it gives me the feeling that it is probably 400 yards from the coast. Probably all of that greenery instead of sand and rocks!

30 Oct 2013 9:36am

@Curly: You would be quite right! Although it may even be further than 400 yards away. :-)

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A marvellous perspective and beautiful colour combinations you have captured here ! A beautiful capture !

30 Oct 2013 10:45am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Great framing - that light house looks great against that beautiful blue sky.

30 Oct 2013 10:48am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Beautiful shot, Steven, from top to bottom, set against that gorgeous blue sky!

30 Oct 2013 11:04am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Splendid shot of a lighthouse. I'm impressed that it has worked for safety of the sea for many years. It really stands out against the blue sky. Have a nice day. :)

30 Oct 2013 12:21pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Excellent shot. I like the sunlight on this structure and the bit of leafy shadow down near the base.

30 Oct 2013 12:47pm

Frances Gaffey from Massachusetts, United States

Beautiful shot Steve! I love the lighthouse against the deep blue of the sky, the colors are lovely.`

30 Oct 2013 1:10pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

I love this lighthouse, beautifully photographed and one of the most beautiful key
elements is the person sitting on the bench, just enjoying or a quiet moment away
from the world !~

30 Oct 2013 2:55pm

@Phil Morris: Believe it or not, but that's a life-sized statue on the bench. They had many figurines perched on benches, dancing, and flying kites around the grounds. I've been trying to figure out how to post them while also making them interesting shots.

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

perfect shot

30 Oct 2013 4:24pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful image of this beautiful lighthouse. Even given the harsh locations of these structures, I think they'll be standing long after less well constructed buildings are long gone.

30 Oct 2013 4:31pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

good picture of this lighthouse, the luminosity is great

30 Oct 2013 4:45pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful frame, colors, lights & shadows!
A M A Z I N G !

30 Oct 2013 5:12pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

This is a stunning image - the light and clarity are fabulous

30 Oct 2013 6:03pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous image! This is just beautiful! I am glad that the lighthouse was restored. It would have been a real shame to have lost it.

30 Oct 2013 6:43pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The colors are wonderful, and the composition is excellent and strong with the white light house elevating above the trees. Great framing.

30 Oct 2013 7:45pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely bright white against that perfect blue sky.

30 Oct 2013 7:53pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A beautiful lighthouse with a sober design, wonderfully highlighted against the blue sky ... Fabulous shot, the colors and light are gorgeous !!!

30 Oct 2013 10:01pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Beautiful shot, nice lighthouse.

30 Oct 2013 10:03pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


30 Oct 2013 11:29pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture; the trees surrounding the lighthouse are an added bonus!

30 Oct 2013 11:31pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I love Lighthouses and this is a beaut. Excellent shot.

31 Oct 2013 1:02am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

Fantastic capture Steven !! The detail here is superb !!

31 Oct 2013 1:41am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressant phare

31 Oct 2013 7:55am

Footloose Ferret from Central Florida, United States

Despite only living iabout 325 miles from Key West, I have never visited the area. Thank you for sharing.

4 Nov 2013 10:26pm