Mukilteo Lighthouse, Mukilteo, WA
Well…OK…yes…I would say I enjoying sunsets as much as the next person with a camera slung across the shoulder. If, however, you were around me during a sunset shoot, you would like most people look at me like I was a lamp-swinging escapee from the locked wing of the nearest hospital. Because, while most people are pointing their camera at the sunset, I'm typically more interested in what's going on in the opposite direction. The light cast during sunset is mesmerizing.
This is a picture of the Mukilteo Lighthouse that sits on Elliot Point in Mukilteo, WA. It was taken back in the summer of 2013, at the end of a long but relaxing day spent cruising around Port Townsend and the Washington peninsula. The setting sunlight did its magic to transform a fairly mundane collection of buildings. The Lighthouse stands on a historic piece of land shining white light once every 5 seconds through a Fourth Order Fresnel lens. It has a range of 12 nautical miles and guides ships into the harbor at Everett, Washington (if you understood all of that last bit there, you're a First Order Geek).
Native American Indians originally occupied the land now called Elliot Point, using the area as a winter camping ground. In fact, "Mukilteo" is a local Indian word for "good place for camping" or "good camping ground." The Lighthouse comprises two residences originally housing two caretaker families before being occupied by Coast Gard admiralty. Today the station is mostly managed by Washington State Parks as the Mukilteo State Park, and is a great place to eat fresh seafood and watch the state ferries come and go.
© 2013 Orris W. Josiah & Travelfiend Photography