Maine Lighthouses

From New York, we traveled to Boston by train and then by car north to Maine. With a rocky coast with  finger-like peninsulas formed by glaciers, Maine is known for their many lighthouses. When in Maine we like to look at lighthouses.

Portland Head Light is on a promontory to guide the way to the harbor at Portland, Maine. (These lighthouses are known as Lights. Don’t know why.)

Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light

From the other side,

Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light

Just south of Portland Head Light are the Cape Elizabeth Twin Lights, named for the two lighthouses at Cape Elizabeth. Here’s the main lighthouse, with the usual rotating lens.

Cape Elizabeth Light
Cape Elizabeth Light

Behind this lighthouse stands an abandoned lighthouse that has a fixed light. The rotating light and fixed light of the Cape Elizabeth Twin Lights helped sailors distinguish Cape Elizabeth from a nearby lighthouse.

abandoned fixed light at Cape Elizabeth
abandoned fixed light at Cape Elizabeth

The Maine coastline is gorgeous. Driving around to look at lighthouses provides a great reason to get out and enjoy changing views of the coastline, sea, and sky.

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charley280

I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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