This landmark light station has been photographed inside out and upside down for as long as there have been boats in the water around "Booth Bay," almost. It has been on the cover of magazines, featured in videos, made postcards of, housed keepers and their families, studied by students and teachers, visited by thousands and cared for by many.
In our 40-plus years aboard the region, I have made countless photographs from across the bay on Spruce Point, from the air in helicopters and fixed wing puddle jumpers, aboard lobster boats, tour boats and questionable boats which shall remain nameless.
But, for some reason, I've never quite gotten the image that “blew my dress up,” as it were. But maybe, just maybe, I've gotten a little closer to something I can live with.
Without a boat and without nagging wonderfully helpful and considerate volunteers, I have never hit just the right time of day, height of tide, and perfect weather, for the image I have not yet seen.
However, about a month ago, when hearing weather predictions on the news, I took a chance and made a call. Captain Mark Stover to the rescue. The conditions might be right for a good sky, the water would be up near high and maybe the weather would cooperate.
I always contact my Mother when I need some assistance with the weather. Though she is no longer with us, she seems to have some pull. I explained the situation and asked for help. She delivered on the sky. The clouds were magnificent. Thanks Mom!
It was just the right touch to fill in the composition and get me a little closer to an acceptable image.
I believe there is a local gathering to benefit Burnt Island happening soon. It would be nice if folks could support keeping the light well cared for.