Another of my favorite photos. This one is of Old Mackinac Point Light at Mackinaw City, MI. Shot from South of the light, the image shows the lighthouse in the forground with the "Mighty Mac" (the Mackinac Bridge) in the background.
The lighthouse sits at the northernmost point of Michigan's lower pennisula on the shore of the Staits of Mackinac. It guided ships between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron from 1892 until it was decommisioned in 1960.
In 1889 Congress allocated $5500 to construct a fog signal building at the point. Three years later they approriated $20,000 to add a light station to the property. The light went into active duty in October that same year. The light was closed after the opening of Mackinac Bridge made the navigation light unnecesary.
In 1972 the surrounding park was opened with the light as the prime attraction. In 1989 the park closed and did not reopen until 2000 with the renovation of the fog signal building. The lighthouse renovation, begun in 1999, was completed in 2004 and the building was reopened as a museum. The museum is currently closed for the Winter, however it will reopen on May 6, 2013.
Photo tech info:
- Nikon D200
- Tamron 18-200mm seta at 56mm
- ISO 400
- 1/500th at f/5
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