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Landscape Photography: Reedy Island Light Station

A landscape photograph of the Reedy Point Rear Range (Lighthouse) against a clear winter blue sky right before the sun set. The Reedy Point Rear Range is located on Taylor’s Bridge Rd in Townsend, Delaware.  Title: Reedy Point Rear Range Winter Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography

A landscape photograph of the Reedy Point Rear Range (Lighthouse) against a clear winter blue sky right before the sun set. The Reedy Point Rear Range is located on Taylor’s Bridge Rd in Townsend, Delaware.

Title: Reedy Point Rear Range Winter
Photographer: Melissa Fague
Genre: Landscape Photography
This Landscape Photo is available as Prints, Digital downloads and Canvas Gallery wraps

The Reedy Island Rear Range is one of several range lights that were built as part of a channel dredging project in the early 1900s along the Delaware River. The channel was built heading north from the Atlantic Ocean towards Philadelphia Pennsylvania; the channel is made a series of turns which lies close to the Delaware shore off Port Penn. All along the channel (the Delaware River) between the turns and the sediment navigation up and down the channel was a challenge in the early years. The Delaware River was one of the first locations in the US which employed the use of steel in the lighthouse and range construction. Because of the soft coastline along the Delaware shores permanent lighthouses could not withstand erosion and every time the channel was dredged the lighthouses would have to be moved. The use of steel allowed the engineers to move the structures fairly easily (in comparison to a wooden or concrete structure).

There was once a keeper’s house and shed that stood near the tower all of which were built in 1906 with funds from the original appropriation for the range. Eventually the light was automated and a keeper was no longer needed on the property so the house fell into disarray. The light station is still in use today but the light keeper’s house was destroyed in a fire in 2002 and the shed has seen better days.

reedy island rear

Photograph courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The Reedy Island Light Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Landscape Photography: Reedy Island Light Station

Reedy Point Rear Range Winter Photograph created by Melissa Fague.

A landscape photograph of the Reedy Point Rear Range (Lighthouse) against a clear winter blue sky right before the sun set. The Reedy Point Rear Range is located on Taylor’s Bridge Rd in Townsend, Delaware.

Title: Reedy Point Rear Range Winter
Photographer: Melissa Fague
Genre: Landscape Photography
This Landscape Photo is available as Prints, Digital downloads and Canvas Gallery wraps

The Reedy Island Rear Range is one of several range lights that were built as part of a channel dredging project in the early 1900s along the Delaware River. The channel was built heading north from the Atlantic Ocean towards Philadelphia Pennsylvania; the channel is made a series of turns which lies close to the Delaware shore off Port Penn. All along the channel (the Delaware River) between the turns and the sediment navigation up and down the channel was a challenge in the early years. The Delaware River was one of the first locations in the US which employed the use of steel in the lighthouse and range construction. Because of the soft coastline along the Delaware shores permanent lighthouses could not withstand erosion and every time the channel was dredged the lighthouses would have to be moved. The use of steel allowed the engineers to move the structures fairly easily (in comparison to a wooden or concrete structure).

There was once a keeper’s house and shed that stood near the tower all of which were built in 1906 with funds from the original appropriation for the range. Eventually the light was automated and a keeper was no longer needed on the property so the house fell into disarray. The light station is still in use today but the light keeper’s house was destroyed in a fire in 2002 and the shed has seen better days.

reedy island rear

Photograph courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The Reedy Island Light Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

My New Shoot Location…The Vogel House

I finally found my shoot location, I have been searching for this place for weeks but I haven’t had much luck until today. The only address I found on the internet was completely wrong so it took a while to find this place. This is the Vogel House, it was an early 1900 Plant Nursery in Townsend Delaware. These are just reference photos, I will need to obtain permission to do the shoot that I have in mind.

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What Once Was…Reedy Island Light Station

Reedy Point Rear Range Winter Photograph created by Melissa Fague.

Reedy Point Rear Range Winter Photograph created by Melissa Fague.

The Reedy Island Rear Range is one of several range lights that were built as part of a channel dredging project in the early 1900s along the Delaware River. The channel was built heading north from the Atlantic Ocean towards Philadelphia Pennsylvania; the channel is made a series of turns which lies close to the Delaware shore off Port Penn. All along the channel (the Delaware River) between the turns and the sediment navigation up and down the channel was a challenge in the early years. The Delaware River was one of the first locations in the US which employed the use of steel in the lighthouse and range construction. Because of the soft coastline along the Delaware shores permanent lighthouses could not withstand erosion and every time the channel was dredged the lighthouses would have to be moved. The use of steel allowed the engineers to move the structures fairly easily (in comparison to a wooden or concrete structure).

There was once a keeper’s house and shed that stood near the tower all of which were built in 1906 with funds from the original appropriation for the range. Eventually the light was automated and a keeper was no longer needed on the property so the house fell into disarray. The light station is still in use today but the light keeper’s house was destroyed in a fire in 2002 and the shed has seen better days.

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Photograph courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The Reedy Island Light Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

What Once Was…Port Mahon Lighthouse

Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse is a landscape photograph taken in the early morning hours at the site of the ruins of the Port Mahon Lighthouse. The remains were photographed using a long shutter speed in order to capture the waters movement and to slowly brighten the sky. Colors of the image are several shades of pale blues, pinks, yellow and dark brown. Title: Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography

Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse by landscape photographer Melissa Fague

The Mahon Lighthouse was the fourth main lighthouse location in the state of Delaware.  However, Port Mahon had five lighthouses constructed in it over the span of 75 years; the last design completed construction in 1903. The location was vital in helping the oyster boats and other ships navigate up the narrow channel of the Delaware river past the Joe Flogger Shoal just east of the mouth to the Mahon river.

The lighthouse was once a 2 story wooden structure that was built on the bank of the river on top of screw piles which allowed the tide to pass under the lighthouse. Like the previous four lighthouses in the Port Mahon this lighthouse had a short lived life. This lighthouse was only active for 46 years; the light was deactivated in 1949 because of the rapid rate of erosion of the shore line; Port Mahon Lighthouse was condemned in 1955 and was left to slowly rot away until a fire consumed the remaining wooden remnants of the once beautiful structure in 1984. All that remains today is the steel pillars (screw piles) and a pile of bricks lying in the river that was once a fireplace.

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Citations

N.a. There was a Lighthouse Near Dover?. 2012 17 May. WEB. http://archives.blogs.delaware.gov/tag/port-mahon-lighthouse/
Roales. Judith. Delaware Lighthouses and Range Lights. PRINT. 2007. Arcadia Publishing. Pg 108-114

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<p”>N.a. Port Mahon and Residents. Delaware Archives. Photographer unknown. Dated 1908. WEB. http://archives.blogs.delaware.gov/files/2012/05/Port_Mahon_Lighthouse_and_residents.jpg
N.a. Mahon Later years. Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers & Friends Association, Inc. WEB. http://www.delawarebaylightkeeper-friend.org/port_mahon.htm
Fague, Melissa. Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse. PI Photography and Fine Art. 2014.

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