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Call for Submissions – REFLECTION / UNUSUAL PERSPECTIVE category

Society photographers are encouraged to get out and create an image for the Reflection / Unusual Perspective category for the Lighthouse Society’s Calendar contest. Take this opportunity to look for a reflection or view the lighthouse at a different angle. Or maybe you have a favorite image in your archives? The submission deadline is March 30, 2018.

Goto https://uslhs.submittable.com/submit to submit your image.

Here are some images from last year’s contest.

There’s still time to submit your Weather image.  The deadline for the Weather category is February 28, 2018. (There is a separate submission form for each category.)

Looking forward to seeing your best shot!

Submitted by Candace Clifford, February 15, 2018

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Lighthouses in Art · News · Society Members

Lighthouses as Inspiration

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Lightship 95, London, England, by Elaine Marie Austin

My love of lighthouses has not only transformed the way I travel, but the way I live. When I am not traveling to a lighthouse, I am often writing about or painting lighthouses. I’ve painted lighthouses in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Massachusetts, New Orleans, New York, London and Ireland. I am intrigued by the many varieties and designs of lighthouses. My favorite memories are of Lightship 95 in London. It is converted into music studio. Another favorite is the abandoned Milneburg Lighthouse on the campus of New Orleans University. In these paintings, I capture their eternal essence—undaunted by time and circumstance.

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Milneburg or Port Pontchartrain Lighthouse, New Orleans, Louisiana, by Elaine Marie Austin

I am drawn to lighthouses because of their noble past and precarious future. For centuries lighthouses have faithfully served as guardians of the sea. Now the past and the present are merging as lighthouses once again become drivers of the economy. Lighthouses are popular tourist destinations. Business owners complained when Port Isabel Lighthouse in Texas was temporarily closed. Lighthouses are worthy of preservation for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. Because of my firm belief in the importance of lighthouses, I have created a family lighthouse workshop. I hope my lighthouse workshop and paintings will inspire others to visit, love and appreciate lighthouses as much as I do.

Submitted by Society Member Elaine Marie Austin, February 1, 2018. You can see more of her lighthouse-inspired creations at elainemarieartist.com or read her blog at elainemarieartist.wordpress.com.

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Send Us Your Best “Lighthouse in Weather” Image

Thanks to all the Society photographers who submitted images for the 2018 Lighthouse Society Calendar contest! Given the response to and enthusiasm for the 2017 contest and 2018 calendar, the Society is pleased to announce that we are repeating the contest (with a few adjustments) in 2018 to make a 2019 calendar. This year we are offering seven categories for submissions, spread out over the next six months, using an online submissions system.

Baileys Harbor Upper Range, Wisconsin, by Sue Steckart Jarosh

The first submission category is WEATHER. So get out those cameras and venture outside to capture your favorite lighthouse in its winter landscape or dig out your favorite fog or storm photo from years past. The deadline for submitting your WEATHER image is February 28, 2018.

Each member can submit one image per category. Each category will have a separate submissions form.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Participating photographers must be active members of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. (Renew or join at uslhs.org/membership.)
  • Digital submissions only.
  • Submission Format: Please submit your image as a JPG or TIF, that is at least 8 1/2 by 11-inches, and at a minimum of 300 dpi. Smaller images are not suitable for the final printed product.
  • File Name: Include “lighthouse name,” “state,” “year taken,” and “photographer name” in the file name of your photo.  For example: “Jones Point VA 2017 by Candace Clifford”
  • Submit only photos that you have taken.
  • Photos must be unrestricted. Unless you instruct the Society otherwise, by submitting images to this project, you are giving your permission for the Society to use your image in social media and printed publications. You may specify on the submission form whether or not it can be included in the Society’s digital archive.
  • Some preference will be given to images with a landscape orientation. It is permissible to create a file in a landscape orientation using two portrait images. (Do not send two images; combine the images into one before submitting.)
  • Photographers 17 years old or younger should provide the name of a parent or guardian on the submission form.

Submission Categories (all photos should relate to light stations, aids to navigation, lightships, or USCG facilities)

  1. Weather (submission starts January 20, ends February 28)
  2. Reflection or Unusual Perspective (submission starts February 15, ends March 30)
  3. Sunrise / Sunset (submission starts March 15, ends April 30)
  4. Technology (submission starts April 15, ends May 30)
  5. Detail or Abstract (submission starts May 15, ends June 30)
  6. Landscape (submission starts June 15, ends July 31)
  7. Preservation Project or Special Event (submission starts July 15, ends August 30)

Finalists will be chosen by a review panel for each category. Images for the printed calendar will be selected from the finalists. Each finalist will receive a free calendar. Calendars will be available for purchase in the Keeper’s Locker and should be distributed in late October 2018.

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Submitted by Candace Clifford, 01/20/2018

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Lighthouse Construction · News · Research · Society Members

Lynn and Dave Waller Research Collection for The Graves Lighthouse

Society members Lynn and Dave Waller recently donated their National Archives research findings for the Graves Light Station, Massachusetts, to the Society Archives. Society Director Jeff Gales is delighted with the gift. “Making lighthouse research widely available is the intent of the new Catalog and such an endeavor would not be possible without generous donations such as this.”

This collection consists primarily of U.S. Light-House Board and U.S. Bureau of Lighthouse correspondence and photos available in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. After acquiring the light station in 2013, Dave Waller hired Candace Clifford (now the Society’s historian) to find and copy any National Archives documents relating to the station as part of their overall restoration effort.

One item in the collection is an album of photos pertaining to the station’s 1903-1904 construction. Since the Catalog is not yet available online, you can access the album at The Graves MA 1903-1905 Construction Album NA RG 26 LG 7-49 LDW (lores).)

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The 40th course of the Graves Lighthouse was laid in 1904. (Note the numbers marked on each stone.) Image part of National Archives photo album 26-LG-7-49 from the Lynn and Dave Waller collection
Stonework completed to 40th course. National Archives image courtesy Lynn and Dave Waller collection

On January 10, Dave reported that he “just got back from the light after dropping off the first work crew of 2018. [The tower is] spectacular looking in the winter light. Today we are finishing up the central heating system and varnishing the gorgeous quarter swan oak wainscoting in the watch room. We started the oil house refurb[ishment] in the fall, but switched to interior work as winter set in.”

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Oil house under restoration.  2018 photo courtesy Dave Waller

For more information on the restoration visit The Graves Light Station website.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, January 12, 2018

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Tis the Season at Baileys Harbor Range Light Station

Society Member Ed Miller recently shared some wonderful photos of Baileys Harbor Range Light Station decorated for the Season:

Ed reports that much has been accomplished in the restoration of the range lights. Here are a few shots taken pre-restoration, as well as some historic documentation:

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Ed Miller with Sue Jarosh, author of DOOR COUNTY’S EAGLE BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE MOUSE, September 29, 2017

To learn more about the Range Lights, see the Ridges Sanctuary website.

Submitted by Ed Miller, December 22, 2017

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Lighthouse Society’s 2018 Calendar Images

The Society is pleased to announce that the 2018 calendar has gone to the printer. Some of you wanted to see the photos that will be featured. Here are the cover and monthly images (hover your mouse over the image to see caption with photographer’s name):

The printer asked that we add four additional pages to the calendar, so we are delighted that we were able to include 12 honorable mentions:

Congratulations to all our Society photographers for making this calendar a stunning reminder of how much we love lighthouses!

You can purchase your calendar through the Society’s Keeper’s Locker.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, November 15, 2017

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Ponce Inlet Begins 130th Anniversary Celebration

On November 1, 1887, at about dusk, Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse Principal Keeper William R. Rowlinski climbed the 213 steps of the tall, red brick giant to its lantern room. Rowlinski proceeded to light the five-concentric-wick kerosene lamp to inaugurate the first night of service for what is now known as the Ponce DeLeon Inlet Lighthouse. The brilliant, fixed white light blazed forth from the Barbier & Fenestre first-order lens.

About two months before the light’s activation, a Notice to Mariners was issued from the U.S. Light-House Board formally announcing the new light’s presence on the coast atop the 175-foot tower. It took three years to complete the station on that previously dark, 100-mile stretch of coast of East Florida.
Construction drawing courtesy National Archives

In 1970, after more than 80 years of service, the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned the station and formulated plans to demolish the structures and use the rubble as an artificial reef. A group of Ponce Inlet residents, alarmed by the potential loss of so much local and national history, formed the Ponce DeLeon Lighthouse Preservation Association, saved the tower and keepers’ residences from the wrecking ball, and has managed and operated the station as an attraction and museum ever since. Restoration continues to this day, and as a result, in 1998 the once dilapidated station was recognized as a National Historic Landmark, one of only 12 historic United States lighthouses to be so honored. Welcoming more than 175,000 visitors each year, the station is acknowledged as one of the best preserved and most representative light stations in the nation.

Ponce DeLeon Inlet, FL, July 2013. Photo by John Mann

Today, that beacon continues to shine as a silent sentinel helping mariners navigate the dangerous Florida coast. In honor of that first lighting, a year-long, 130th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by the Preservation Association, begins with a festive evening on Friday evening, November 10, 2017, at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum .

Submitted by Society Member John F. Mann, Lead Docent, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, August 10, 2017

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