Bass Harbor Lighthouse

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Bass Harbor Lighthouse

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This particular lighthouse resides on Bass Harbor at the southermost tip of Acadia National Park.  Acadia is interesting in that it is a national park located on an island but there are private residences and small towns throughout so as you drive, you are constantly driving in and out of the park technically.

This lighthouse is one of the most photographed in the United States. I arrived 2 hours before sunset and by show time there were well over 20 photographers huddled around fighting for the best spot.  I decided to take my chances at the urging of another photographer not to and stand down low next to the ocean with high tide quickly approaching.  My conclusion was that it was undoubtedly the best composition and while risky, he simply was too afraid to get down there. As a photographer trying to succeed in a difficult market, I often find myself making tough choices such as this but 99% of the time it all works out, usually with just my feet getting wet.  

A little background - The lighthouse was approved in 1855 for construction at a measly cost of $5,000 in today's world.  In 1876, construction was completed on a fog bell and tower, since removed.  A much larger 4,000 pound bell was placed inside the tower in 1898.  The lightkeeper house remains in its original order with the exception of a 10 foot addition added in 1900.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 1988.  Although no longer in use today, the house is a private residence for a local coast guard member and his family.  It's iconic red light continued to shine each night.  

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