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Worth the wait
I waited four years for an opportunity to visit the Staten Island Lighthouse. It was closed to visitors and hidden behind trees.
I finally was granted an opportunity to visit the lighthouse last October. I was exhibiting lighthouse paintings at the National Lighthouse Museum, when the Curator, Tina Curado, extended an invitation. The National Lighthouse Museum had recently become a steward of the lighthouse.
The beautiful, pyramidal 1912 lighthouse lived up to my expectations. The statuesque brick lighthouse stood solemnly upon cascading stairs like an Amazon temple. The plush green foliage surrounding it seemed to bow in submission.
Standing in awe, I anxiously entered the lighthouse. After climbing the 90 feet lighthouse, I paused and gazed at a picturesque scene of Lighthouse Hill and Staten Island. An overcast sky framed the trees and houses.
Before leaving the lighthouse, I happily drew a few quick sketches.