Completed in 1764, this is the Lighthouse at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The oldest lighthouse in America. Although it is certainly not "old" when compared to many lighthouses in Europe and around the world, it served a key role for many years. Completed 10 years before the American Revolution, the lighthouse, ironically, became a part of British Held territory in North America all throughout the actual revolutionary war.
Sandy Hook is a long, narrow strand of mostly dunes and marshes that extends northward from the New Jersey shore, reaching northwards towards new York City and Long Island.
Before and after the Revolutionary war the lighthouse served a vital role, as it has always been the only lighthouse that stands at the entry to New York and New Jersey Harbors.
Barbara and I made the 90 minute drive to this spot because Sandy Hook has long beaches and it can be a fun place to come and enjoy the birds and views. On good days the skyline of New York City can be seen...although far away. Unfortunately, this was not one of those days. Nevertheless, I will hope to share a little bit of history and information in the next few posting days that will feature this area.
Finally, Sandy Hook has been incorporated with a larger protected area known as Gateway National Recreation and Preservation Area. It is a protected area for wildlife as well as ecosystems. I hope you enjoy this little series coming up.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire