Sunrise at Portland Head Light, Maine

The Portland Head Light is iconic New England. So much so that once when I was at the Red Lobster it was the cover photo on their menu.

I had wanted to get some sunrise shots and decided today was the day. So I got up early and drove over from Manchester, New Hampshire.

Located in Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, the lighthouse sits in Fort Williams Park. It was commissioned by President George Washington and first lit in 1791. The lighthouse has served as inspiration for artists such as Edward Hopper and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Arriving about 20 minutes before sunrise, I parked my car. There were a few other photographers (or maybe wannabes like me?) milling about.

I scouted out a spot and waited for the sunrise to unfold before me. Breathtaking and gorgeous are not adequate enough to describe it. It was magical.

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