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..."A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day..."





THE INDIGO SKY ENHANCED THE LIGHTHOUSE BEAUTY!!



Post title a line from 1st stanza in a Longfellow Poem - The Lighthouse

Construction of the lighthouse on the point began in 1851. Completed two years later. During the Civil War it was used, more or less, as a spy lookout for the troops. But, in 1866, repairs were needed and the lighthouse guided ships, for nearly two decades, from 16 miles away. With shipping in decline, the lighthouse was abandoned permanently and eventually donated to the state of Texas in 1950; repair work done and opened to the public. The only lighthouse along the state's coast that is accessible to the people. Even today, the lighthouse is marked on navigation charts, still assisting sea vessels with its mercury-vapor light. Read more....

MY PHOTOS SHARED [top to bottom]:
State Historical Marker
Exterior from park grounds
Entrance to lighthouse park with wooden sculpture in foreground
The Beacon's tower
One of the windows from interior stairwell
[with my shoes] showing as I climbed to the top --looking down
Spiral staircase, climbing UP
Outside again, looking up from foundation
Lightkeeper's house
At the base, me sitting and getting my breath back; resting.
Lighthouse view from the bay [behind me is the Queen Isabella Bridge to South Padre Island]



While walking around, reading historical signage, etc., out of the grasses this showed up to greet me. And trust me when I say, it was HUGE [cellphone camera so not good quality].....





104 comments :

  1. Fascinating views of this delightful lighthouse. It has quite a history. And love the surprise of finding little characters along the journey.

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  2. My favorites are the awesome steps, you got great shots of them! But it makes me dizzy just looking!

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    1. ...it was dizzifying for ME too. lol Is there such a word as dizzifying?

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  3. I like the old fashioned light houses like this one, where you can walk inside. Being a lighthouse keeper family sounds both rough and romantic.

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    1. rough being that you'd have to climb those steps at least twice a day back long ago.

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  4. Oh, awesome steps indeed!! And what fantastic captures, Anni!! I do love lighthouses and beautiful skies!! Fascinating information about this one, thanks so much for including it!! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!!

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    1. ...thanks and have a lovely weekend yourself Sylvia.

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  5. Love the frog and gorgeous shots of a very classic lighthouse ~ for SWF ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  6. I love lighthouses! This one is a beauty. The frog is pretty cute too!

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    1. ...thanks Mari. And, again...congrats to your family for the upcoming event.

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  7. that lighthouse looks amazing against that blue sky

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  8. Anni, what a beautiful lighthouse, the grounds are pretty too. I am sure it was a fun climb to the top! Have a great weekend and happy Easter!

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    1. ...well, it was work climbing after a while, but still worth it.

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  9. I have never been inside a lighthouse before. How fun! There's one about 60 miles east of us, but I've only taken photos from afar. These are really wonderful images with that vibrant blue sky.

    I can't remember if I linked up on the bird meme this week. My memory is starling to let me down. :(

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    1. ...I made a special effort to stop here this trip. Always just driving by to SPI...I'm glad we stopped.

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  10. Oops, I did link already. Dang, I must be getting alzheimers!

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    1. lol...nah, just HALFheimers.

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  11. This is a nice lighthouse and much nicer that you get to go inside and capture the spiral staircase. The blue sky just compliments the structure as well.

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  12. HI There, I love lighthouses --and would collect them (along with covered bridges) IF I didn't already collect waterfalls... I have seen quite a few lighthouses in various places we have visited --but would love to see LOTS more.

    Great photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. ...luckily we could go inside this one and climb if desired.

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  13. Love the spiral stairs and the lighthouse against the blue. Is that a cane toad??

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    1. I have no idea to be honest. Heck, I'm not sure if it's a frog or a toad.

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  14. This is a very picturesque place. That spiral staircase makes me dizzy,just looking at it.

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    1. ...yep, it can have that effect on ME too.

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  15. Great photos!! Love the frog!

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    1. ...thanks. Hope you enjoyed the images shared today.

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  17. I love this lighthouse, been all the way to the top then got scared because I am scared to death of heights, and up on the top it seems like it moves. the sight from atop is breathtaking as I must say the least. Thank you for sharing
    and love the little froggie cute :)

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    1. ...with I coulda gone all the way to the top. But maybe next time the construction will be complete.

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  18. We were at a light house this week - pictures to follow!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. I can't wait to see 'em Stewart.

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  19. Awesome pictures, love lighthouses.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it Denise.

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  20. Great photos! I also like lighthouses and the nice frog!

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  21. ein Leuchtturm wundervoll
    wenn ich könnte..dann würde ich in einem Leuchtturm oder einen Windmühle wohnenn.
    LG vom katerchen

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    1. A dream of mine long ago was to live in a lighthouse. Like you, I like them....and a windmill of the 'old world' would be fabulous too.

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  22. Great post. I love history and lighthouses.

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    1. I am the same way...thanks Ann!!

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  23. I love lighthouses! This is a lovely one, too. And, you got to go inside? That's amazing! I would like to go in one someday.

    To visit my Skywatch Friday post click, here!

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    1. Yep....inside and climbing the stairwell.

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  24. Nice place. It brings back memories of way back when, I think it was right after 9/11 when the bridge collapsed. We had already made a deposit on a condo on the Island. Oops had to do something different for vacation that year.

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    1. ...that was the tugboat accident? I am not sure.

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  25. gorgeous llighthouse and my favorite photo is the pink shoe lace shot

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    1. ...lol.
      This is my favorite walking shoes.

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  26. love the cute frog! :) that lighthouse is beautiful. happy easter weekend, anni.

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    1. ...have a happy Easter too, Ms. T. Thanks.

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  27. I just love lighthouses so much, and we don't have any where I live. Thanks for taking us along on a visit!

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    1. ...glad to know you enjoyed the 'tour'.

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  28. Beautiful lighthouse images. We just love lighthouses.

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  29. That was quite a trek up those steps! Fantastic shots, I love lighthouses but have never seen one up up close.

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  30. Great shots of the lighthouse. I love them. I lived 3 years in North Carolina and enjoyed seeing the ones there.

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    1. ...there is something nostalgic and romantic all rolled into one with them I think.

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  31. Gorgeous shots of the lighthouse! My dad always like lighthouses, so anytime I'm near one I always visit. Most recently we got to check out the one in St. Augustine, FL. They always make a pretty picture.

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    1. ...yes, the do make great photos!!!

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  32. Great shots of the lighthouse. I've never been in one but now I can see what it's like inside, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. ...happy to know you enjoyed the post.

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  33. Annni I love lighthouses...the gorgeous indigo blue sky makes for a beautiful background too. Tomorrow's Sat. Photo Hunt word is Indigo.
    Hugs Cecilia and Madi

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    1. I'll join the Photo Hunt!!!

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  34. I love lighthouses....

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  35. I like the frog. Nice Easter to you.

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    1. ...and the same from me to you Paula.

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  36. I really like the window picture. This lighthouse interior reminded me of when I climbed to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Nice historical information.

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    1. There were very few windows...I guess for a reason I don't know. LOL

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  37. Amazingly beautiful lighthouse. I have never been in one. Nice to look out and have a 360 degree view. Happy Easter!

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    1. ...well the top/exterior was closed when we arrived...they're doing repair work.

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  38. I think many of us are fascinated by lighthouses -- not least because they make such great photography subjects! :)

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    1. ...yes, photography is a must! lol

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  39. I love, love lighthouses!! beautiful shots, Annie. Happy Easter weekend to you.

    indigo ~

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  40. I love lighthouses and I think it's because of the romantic image of guiding ships to safety. Beautiful photos with the lighthouse against that impossibly blue sky.

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    1. ...glad to know you enjoyed today's post Robyn.

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  41. Oh these are gorgeous shots! I love all the angles in these images..Happy Easter!

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    1. ...thanks...have a great weekend yourself!

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  42. Great shots for this week's theme . . . love that indigo sky.

    Have a super weekend.

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  43. I love lighthouses, but there are so few remaining around here (I once rode my motorcycle 3 hours to photograph one). This is a neat site that shows lighthouses by state, I found it very handy.

    http://www.lighthousefriends.com/

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  44. LOVE your lighthouse shots! Such vibrant blue sky. Looks like you had an amazing day.

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  45. Love lighthouses! Thanks for sharing! ~WeeklyTopShot

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    1. ...thank YOU for visiting!

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  46. Great set of images! Happy Easter.

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  47. Can't go wrong with a lighthouse. Nice shots!

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  48. impressive photos of the lighthouse!

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  49. I didn't know we were allowed to climb to the top. How fun!

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    1. ...well, for now tho, it's under repair...later, when the work is done it'll be reopened.

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  50. I love lighthouses. My favorite is the Cape May lighthouse in NJ.

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  51. I'm not sure if I have ever climbed the circular stairs of a lighthouse. Bucket list I guess.

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    1. ...if you did, I'm sure you'd remember the experience.

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