Sunday, August 7, 2011

National Lighthouse Day

I have always been drawn to lighthouse and been blessed to see so many of them over the years - here in main land US on both coast (and Hawaii and Alaska) and the Gulf of Mexico;  Guam; Philippines;  Cuba; most Mediterranean Sea countries; England, Portugal; Spain; the Atlantic side of South America and the beautiful Caribbean Sea Islands.  Each of them having their own unique features, setting them apart for the others.

It was on this day in 1789 that Congress first approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses. Two hundred years later, Congress made August 7th the official day in celebration of the history and purpose of lighthouses across America.

For centuries lighthouses have served as beacons of light, guiding ships safely to a harbor in fog or a storm.
International Lighthouse day is celebrated later in the month for 48 hours, August 20-21.

So next time your out and about - and are near a lighthouse, consider taking a break - take some pictures, tour if you can and enjoy their beauty and rich history.


  1. Wow! Some of these are fascinating! I painted a sea side scene mural with lighthouse and all for my son when he was little. I'll have to find the snaps sometime, make a fun blog entry!! The twisted stripey one gets top marks!!lol

  2. Terry, your latest Lighthouse photo in the dark of night shot off the Turkish coast is magnificent and I would like to get your permission to use as the cover of my novel DIARMA (Greek for Passage) being released in November of this year as it perfectly captured the mood of the work. I would of course give you cover credit. Michael Staley (831) 809 6100. Email