Race Rock Lighthouse

Photographing Race Rock Lighthouse

The Race Rock Reef and Fishers Island is 2 miles off the coast of Connecticut, 11 miles from the tip of Long Island NY. Access to the island is either by boat (there is a small scheduled ferry) or plane.

As luck would have it my Brother In Law, Chris, happens to be a pilot with a plane. He was kind enough to fly me there. He might have taken a glance over to see the look on my face as he banked into the patch of sand.

Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse

The light itself is said to be an excellent example of 19th century lighthouse engineering. The foundation took 7 years to complete (1878)  and sits about 1 mile off Fishers Island. In 1837 there were 8 ships lost on this reef which is why the huge task of building the light was considered worth the expense.

The shots in this article were taken from the shore at the end of the runway which is closest to the light. We did walk quite a bit doing these different photographs. For full disclosure I will reveal Chris does provide folding bikes as transportation during his trips. In this case they would not have helped since we were in the sand dunes. Besides, after riding approximately 5 1/2 feet I had a positively spectacular crash and opted for the tried and true.

Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse
Race Rock Lighthouse
Cardinal
Cardinal

This was a great way to photograph Race Rock in spite of the bike incident and flopping around the runway. It also gave Chris a good story to tell.