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Cape Lookout Light

Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina.


The light is the second to be built on the cape. The first in 1812 and the present in 1859. The diamond pattern is a distinctive aid during daylight and a "fresnel" lens shines at night. The light warns mariners of the treacherous lookout shoals [called Promontorium Tremendum or "Horrible Headland" on old maps] that extend for 10 miles into the blue Atlantic.


Hundreds of ships have been lost here and in WWII the inlet provided one of the few safe havens from German U-Boats patrolling the shores.



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  • Michel Kuik 9y

    nice perspective!!
  • Ibrahim Firaq 9y

    love the lights and blue sky great capture !

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  • linda yvonne PRO 9y

    Great repitition in the black and white patterns on house and light. From The Continuum Pool
  • Mav 9y

    I'd crop this a little tighter and straighten up the frame a bit. But I think the house and lighthouse are rather strinking. Maybe if you'd moved 20 feet to the right and taken the picture at a more dramatic angle, you'd have had even better results.

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  • Calvin Darge 9y

    That color scheme is awesome.

  • n+s 9y

    wow - someone was inspired by alice in wonderland or something. what a crazy paint job - i bet you can see that distinct pattern on the water for miles !
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  • Steve Agati 9y

    Cloudless sky. Nice colors
  • 11楼朝北 PRO 9y

    the tower reminder of a kind of toy, which nomally is a string, you can put it in different shapes, black and white...

  • Matt 9y

    ALL: Thank you for visiting and for such nice comments!

    chrismaverick: Thanks for the advice! It is straight - I used Picasa to check. The tower is almost an optical illusion. As for 20' to the right - I would have lost the diamond pattern I was trying to capture point-to-point. Still, in order to be sure, I'll have to go back. Thanks for an excuse for another roadtrip!

    nice+smooth ultramedia: That's the idea. The light at night, distincitive, highly visible pattern by day...
  • ira tucker PRO 9y

    well done. the crop advice is well worth considering. is hatteras soon to follow? mnfg
  • Matt 9y

    Thanks! crop advice heeded and photo reloaded. [It also cut out a pesky tourist on the right side of the photo...]

    Hatteras light photos are on the previous page of my photostream. Enjoy!
  • Jodi Tripp PRO 9y

    Looks like a great place to visit. Nice color!

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  • Mig Bardsley PRO 9y

    One of those places that seems to be designed for a photographer.
    And a great shot of it too. the black and white and blue are beautifully simple and I love the way the white sand blends in.
  • thnkfst 9y

    love it. Post card shot!
  • zanettco 9y

    I like it, all is in harmony here.Just good photo.

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  • Krystyna 9y

    very nice place.. great composed foto:)
  • GFR PRO 9y

    fabulous, and very picturesque
  • Diane PRO 8y

    great shot!!
  • Jason A G 8y

    Is it hard to get to Cape Lookout? I've driven up Hwy 12 from Morehead City towards the Ocracoke ferry a few times, but have never deviated to go on to the right towards Cape Lookout. It looks VERY remote.
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