Last week I was in Florida on
business. Naturally, I planned to visit some Gulf Coast
Lighthouses on my off days. On the flight from Seattle I
received a positive omen when the flight attendant handed me
one of those tiny bags of airline pretzels. Lo and behold,
this bag was emblazoned with a photo of Nauset Lighthouse
and even had pretzels shaped like lighthouses! I thought
this might be worth a chuckle.
My second day on the Panhandle I
had the honor of dining with "The Lighthouse
People," Sandra and Bob Shanklin, near their home in
Fort Walton. It was a pleasure to finally meet and swap
great stories with the couple that have truly helped
fuel my passion for lighthousing the last few years.
On June 24, I chartered a
boat out to Cape St. George and took some great photos. The
lighthouse foundation is almost completely submerged in
the high tide but continues to stand straight and true. The
brick chimney is all that remains of the keepers house.
Photographing this lighthouse while all alone on the island
during sunset is one of my all-time LH highlights. However,
I left there rather melancholic realizing these may be some
of the last photos ever taken of this light. Let's hope
mankind can reach some sort of agreement with Mother Nature
and take definitive measures to preserve this light before
the sea brings her down.