Beacons of Fire: Aquinnah Lighthouse (Martha’s Vineyard #2)

For all the posts in the Beacons of Fire Series, go here.

Prologue: I love Nora Roberts books, well her books mostly those that she wrote prior to 2009. One of her book is the 1985 romantic novel, One Man’s Art, fourth in her longest series, The McGregor Series. The hero of the story, Grant Campbell, is a loner, rude, surly and impossible, who lives in an old lighthouse. Genevieve Grandeau literally lands on his doorstep during one particular stormy night. The story that follows between Grant and Gennie is what inspired me to look at lighthouses in a different light.

Inspired by this book by Nora Roberts, here I present you my Beacons of Fire Series. Next is the Aquinnah Lighthouse, the second of the five lighthouses from Martha’s Vineyard Island in Massachussets.

On the third day of our stay at Martha’s Vineyard Island during the July long weekend, we took a tour of the island. One of the stop the tour guide stopped was at the Aquinnah Lighthouse. Albeit we only saw it from a distance as he was covering both the lighthouse and the Aquinnah Cliffs at the same time, it was still a memorable view. Of course that means going up the lighthouse will be for another time.

First built on this site in 1799 as a wooden one, the red brick lighthouse building that we now see was built in 1856. Interesting fact to note that, in 2015 the lighthouse was moved 134 foot from where it stood as it was in danger of falling due to eroding cliffs. It should be safe for another century, unless eroding speeds up.

You can see the two lights – red and yellow – alternating as the lens rotated.

The Aquinnah Lighthouse is not complete if you havent seen the Aquinnah Cliffs, also known as Gay Head Cliffs, made of red clay laid in which some black. Legend of Moshup, that the islanders believe, says that Moshup, a benevolent giant would smash the whales against the cliffs and cook them over fire. The blood from the whales stained the cliffs red and the smoke from the fire gave the black shading to it.

A funny photography that I did – caught the lighthouse and myself in the sunglasses that my friend wore.

I also found this cute t-shirt that showed all the five lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard Island.

We found this lady sitting and gazing into the far far horizon, Her bright colored hooded shirt caught my eye, and instantly she came into my lens. 😛

And here we are finally with the beautiful lighthouse in the back.

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