Tuesday, October 23

Cape Elizabeth Maine

We arrived in Portland about midnight last Wednesday (Oct 17).  We had been watching the weather for a few days to figure out which day would be our best chances in seeing the sunrise at Cape Elizabeth - Portland Head Light.  The only day that looked somewhat promising was the following day, Thursday.  With only 5 hours of sleep, we woke up before the sun rose to go see the sunrise.  It was rather early and chilly in the low 40's F / 4's C, but i'm glad we did...

Portland Light House, Cape Elizabeth Maine
the oldest lighthouse in Maine


The Portland Light House was constructed in 1787 and was completed in 1790.  The original tower measured 72' from the base to the lantern deck and was first lit on January 10, 1791.  The construction of the first keepers quarters began in 1790.  A one story dwelling was built to replace the first keeper's house in 1816.  In 1886, a masted bark struck the ledge at the Portland Head and was then reconstructed in 1891.  This is the current keepers quarters that stands today.

Photos taken: October 18, 2012
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Fort Williams State Park, Cape Elizabeth Maine
Fort Williams State Park was a military asset during World War II.  It protected the shoreline of Cape Elizabeth, the infantry and artillery units provided the Harbor Defense for Portland.  Fort Williams was closed and deactivated on June 20, 1963.  Today you will see many runners, bikers, baseball games and picnics.

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14 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures!!! I would love to visit Maine sometime soon :)

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  2. amanda, those pictures at the lighthouse are exquisite. so beautiful!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  3. your photos of portland head light are absolutely amazing. they are even more special to me, since as you know, we were there that very same day. i think it's so awesome that y'all were there for sunrise - we didn't go til later that afternoon, after we ate at the lobster shack. now i'm going to have to return!

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  4. Wow it is really beautiful there! That sunrise was certainly worth the cold I'd say ;)

    Ashley
    Beauty Flawed

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  5. This is beautiful! I've never been that close to a lighthouse. Breathtaking!

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  6. Oh my gosh, that lighthouse is just GORGEOUS. I must go there!!
    xo

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  7. Oh my goodness.....SOO gorgeous!!

    Why are you in Portland?

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  8. i really want to see a lighthouse like that in real life

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  9. My God!!!!
    Amanda these photos are amazing!!!

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  10. That is so beautiful! I love those photos, and I wish I were there!

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  11. Your photographs are all so gorgeous! These fall ones make me so homesick...no fall here in Monterey, CA. I miss the leaves changing. :)

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  12. Here is where I situated some parts of my novel. Never been there, because I live in Europe. Sadly. What a beautiful place! :) And so lovely photos.

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