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After Every Storm the Sun Will Smile-William Alger
I painted the Cape Florida Lighthouse after a week of rain. I drove to Key Biscayne to see the lighthouse in sunny Florida. Standing behind a canopy of palm trees, the beautiful lighthouse towered against a clear blue sky. The lighthouse was surrounded by mangroves and not condos, thanks to the park's namesake, Bill Baggs. The Bill Baggs State Park was opened in 1967 foiling efforts by developers.
Cape Florida Lighthouse has witnessed many struggles, hardships, and endured a fire. It has withstood more than 4 dozen hurricanes, including Hurricane Andrew. Its existence predates the founding of the of Miami. During the Second Seminole Wars in 1836, the lighthouse was destroyed. The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1846-47.
I love Hillsboro Lighthouse. The idyllic setting reminds me of Gilligan's Island. While the castaways were marooned, thankfully tour boats depart and embark regularly. The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society has a tour scheduled for this Saturday, September 11.
Swaying palms trees and calming azure water, belies its noble purpose. The lighthouse was built after four centuries of wrecks on area reefs. It has a black and white day mark. The top of the lighthouse is painted black to make it visible above the trees. The bottom white half contrasts against the trees.
The lighthouse, also called "Big Diamond" is unique. With a beam of 28 nautical miles, it has the strongest light beam of all US lighthouses. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.
Maine has some of the largest and busiest ports on the East Coast. Its fierce waters and treacherous rocks are guarded by a host of lighthouses. The lighthouses vary in style. During Maine Open Lighthouse Day on Sept 11, explore onshore and offshore exotic lighthouses. Some lighthouse towers will be open for climbing.
Maine has 65 lighthouses. Portland Head Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the state. There are lighthouses of all designs from concrete, steel, caisson and one that has Corinthian columns.
For more on Maine Lighthouses, check out my September Newsletter.