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We saw 11 lighthouses in 30 minutes!

Just got back from a lighthouse trip? Have you just finished photographing every aspect of one lighthouse? Post the pictures here! Lighthouse-related photos are also welcome.

Postby Ross » Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:20 pm


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Really. From left to right: Eric (my brother), Myself (Ross), Shirin, and Jeremy heading out of Beverly Airport for a helicopter tour of lighthouses in Salem Harbor and Gloucester.

We were able to see:

Derby Wharf, Fort Pickering, Hospital Point, Baker's Island, Marblehead, Eastern Point, Ten Pound Island, Thacher Island, Straitsmouth Island, Annisquam

Unfortunately, yours truly went to the Red Sox game the night before and set his camera ISO higher, and forgot to change it back. ARGH... here are some shots:

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Ten Pound Island

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Thacher Island

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Eastern Point

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Baker's Island

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Straitsmouth Island

I got a lot of general aerial shots of harbors and such too, it was a very interesting experience, and I highly recommend a helicopter tour to any lighthouse enthusiast. Thanks to JD for getting us involved with this today!

I'm sure Shirin and JD will post more!
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Postby Zachary » Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:40 pm


How did the keeper's house at Straitsmouth look? Is it still in such bad shape?
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Postby Ross » Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:24 pm


It's in horrible shape, quite sad actually. I have some other shots that show it, I'll upload when I can get to them.
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Postby Hersh » Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:02 pm


Looks like you got a lot of bang for your buck !!! I almost took a helicopter tour at the lighthouse fest in Alpena last year, guess I should just to it this time.
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Postby boats » Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:07 am


Thats a good looking crew, you folks did a very nice job taking them pictures. The 4th one down, is there a keeper living there, and number five, can you camp out at that one. "Boats".
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Postby Larry » Mon Jul 04, 2005 5:48 am


I think those tents at Baker's Islnad are the residents camping out, keeping a watch for interlopers. I'm surprised they didn't try to shoot you down. :lol:

Great shots Ross. Too bad about the ISO. I hate when I do that.
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Postby Ross » Mon Jul 04, 2005 6:26 am


Funny you say that Larry, I asked our pilot Roger if the copter had guns because we may encounter hostile resistance at Baker's Island. LOL
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Postby wheland » Mon Jul 04, 2005 6:54 am


Ross,

Great photos. You can get some better shots from a helicopter than a plane- you get more time to frame the shot.

I missed my chance on the flight I took around the Big Island for a good picture of the small lighthouse on the northern shore of Hawaii, but did get a nice one of Kuahola Point (actually my daughter got that one).

I couldn't ask the pilot to try again- one of the other passengers was having a slight problem with the flight and turning and banking might have pushed her over the edge, so to speak.

The helicopter trip on Hawaii wouldn't have gotten me anywhere near the Lighthouses though- straight to and from the volcano.

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:51 am


How absolutely fabulous, Guys!! I am green with envy. :mrgreen:
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Postby shirin » Mon Jul 04, 2005 6:25 pm


A few more photos for you...

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Derby Wharf

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Ft. Pickering

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Annisquam

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My version of Bakers Island

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And a couple more of Thatchers Island
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:07 am


Ross, Shirin, Jeremy and Mr. Sibling Tracy ...

Upper decks in stadiums verticaly challenge me. Tops of lighthouses, while accomplished, usually have the imprint of my back on them.

I don't know that I could have done what the four of you did but I sure am appreciative of the results. How spectacular.

Thanks for sharing.
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Postby Ross » Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:32 am


Actually, Barry, when I was at Cape Lookout last October I wasn't too fond of the heights at the top (although I braved it for a while), and I certainly wasn't looking forward to the helicopter ride for a while.

But there was never once any sensation of heights or flight. It was very strange, almost like driving on air. It was very calm and very smooth. I was very surprised, and I'll do it again!
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:57 am


Shirin,

For whatever the reason, your pictures weren't loading for me this morning. Meredith is trolling around the Neptune Library as I type and I hopped on one of the terminals here ... Voila!

I especially liked the Fort Pickering and Annisquam shots. Having scaled the terrain surounding both, they were quite the enlightening photos from the air.

Thanks much for posting them.

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Postby vacastle » Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:48 am


Yeah! I'm just seeing your photos, Shirin for the first time. Beautiful!!

What a thrill! Having never flown in a helicoptor, my mine was on you guys the whole time you were up there. Even thought about trying cell pnones, but quickly got off that impulse, knowing you had much better things to do on that flight.

Thanks so much for sharing. I'm not going to pick out favorite pics...I like them all.

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Postby Zachary » Wed Jul 06, 2005 10:02 am


Shirin, your image host is very slow, but the pics are worth the wait.

Very nice photographs, both of you
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