Donald photographs many lighthouses but his favorite has to be the historic Portland Head Light in Maine near where he lives. Over the years, he has captured the lighthouse in a series of stunning photographs portraying it in different lights and moods.
The lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth was built in 1791 and is thus the oldest lighthouse in Maine. The lighthouse is no longer manned but is still operational with automated systems. The US Coast Guard maintains the tower, beacon and the foghorn but the rest of the property is the responsibility of the town of Cape Elizabeth.
The existing lighthouse keepers’ quarters was built in 1891 and served as a dwelling for the staff right up to 1989. The building is now a museum.
“After The Storm”
The lighthouse has seen a lot of storms over the years, with the one in 1975 damaging the whistle house. But apart from that, this solid beacon has stood largely unchanged for over 200 years.
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