Timing is Everything

Fresnel lens.

Fresnel lens.

I recently learned that each lighthouse has a unique signal based on the rotation of the lens and frequency of its light signal.  Mariners in times past could track where they were at night by the signal from the lighthouse. Early air pilots also used lighthouses for nighttime navigation.

I am in the process of painting Florida lighthouse and recently visited Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse which is 10 miles south of Daytona Beach.

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No visit to a lighthouse is complete without a view from the top.

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse is Florida’s tallest lighthouse. On the grounds you will find a gift shop, video theater, museums in the Principal Keeper’s, First and Second Assistant’s dwellings. There is also museum with an actual lens inside and an informative video on “The Science of Light.”

Start your visit in the Video Theater and get an overview of the grounds. During your stay, you will discover how the United States Lighthouse Service and the United States Coast Guard Service merged. Your visit, like mine, will dispel many misperceptions. I gained a deeper appreciation of lighthouses and an understanding of how they fit within the framework of national security.

 

Lighthouses were always meant to protect our coastlines and warn mariners of potential hazards.

For more information on the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, visit http://www.ponceinlet.org.

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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.

 

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