Portland Headlight

Portland Head Light photos by Dan & Tricia DiLorenzo

Over the winter break, we visited some of my old stompin' grounds. 'Twas a crisp & blustery day filled with family & fun. 

watercolor by Hopper at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Commissioned by George Washington, the lighthouse has inspired a number of visitors over the years including Edward Hopper & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Lighthouse 
by HW.Longfellow

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
   And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
   A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day. 

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
   Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
   In the white lip and tremor of the face. 
And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
   Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
   With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare! 

                                                  (click here for full poem) 


  1. Hi Stacey,

    I didn't know you were a New Englander! I'm assuming this is Portland Maine as it looks very familiar. We visited all the lighthouses going up to Nova Scotia. They were so beautiful and definitely poetic.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, you grew up in an amazingly beautiful place!
    Happy New year to you and yours, wishing you Happiness, Health and Prosperity!
    Sandra Evertson

  3. Aah, Portland Head! Oh, isn't it beautiful? We've had the privilege a couple of times over the years to visit Maine. In fact, I'm getting the itch to return. Maybe next spring or the spring after, we can do just that.