Lighthouse Tuesday has been a regular event with some friends of mine. Weather permitting, this group meets to photograph the Fire Island Lighthouse at sunrise. Of course that is right up my alley, so I joined in. I enjoyed it so much, that I decided to shoot a lighthouse a day for the rest of the week.
We had a hazy morning at Fire Island Lighthouse, which makes shooting conditions difficult, but also gives a real summer feel to the photos. If you'd like to visit this lighthouse, head to Robert Moses Beach and park in Field 5. You'll have to go around some barriers, since the park doesn't officially open until a normal hour, but I've never had any trouble doing this. Once you park, you can walk the boardwalk or the dirt road to the lighthouse Of course, if you would like a lighthouse tour, you'll want to go later in the day. Daybreak, however, is best for observing birds, deer, and maybe even a fox or two. Just don't forget your bug spray.
Wednesday was Horton Point Lighthouse in Southhold. This north shore lighthouse is high on a cliff, and of course, not open until later. I parked on the road outside the parking lot in front of the "no parking" sign. Due to the angle of the sun this time of year, and the trees in the area, you can't really observe the sunrise from up on the cliff, so I headed down the stairway to the rocky beach, and came up to shoot the lighthouse afterwards. I should warn you that the stairway here is long and steep and not for the faint of heart, but the beach is very pretty.
I love being out on the north fork, so on Thursday I headed to another north Fork lighthouse, the Orient Point Lighthouse, also known as "The Bug Light." Here you can park just past the ferry entrance. You then can hike either a dirt road at the back of that lot, or hike the beach. This beach has lots of little rocks, so choose your footware wisely (I did not- lots of pebbles in my Tevas.) The dirt road is easier walking, but I recommend the beach in winter for the great variety of ducks in the area.
The weather was really iffy on this morning. The sun didn't make an appearance, but we did get some spectacular color for about five minutes.
You can't do a lighthouse week on Long Island without including Montauk, and boy did we get a great day for it. Not only was the weather beautiful, but someone had created a multitude of rock spires on the beach we shot from.What a great way to wrap up the week!
Parking is easy here in the main lot, and I personally love that the bathroom is open and quite civilized 24/7/365. This time of year you'll want to catch sunrise from the south side. There's a trail to the beach right off the road. You'll never regret a trip to Montauk!