Moon Over Nubble, Cape Neddick, Maine, USA by Michael Blanchette

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Nubble Lighthouse, also known as Cape Neddick Light, is among the most visited lighthouses along the New England coast. It has been in continuous operation since 1879. The lighthouse sits about 100 yards from the tip of Cape Neddick on tiny Nubble Island. Each year, the buildings are lit for the Holiday Season, attracting a pilgrimage of fans and photographers from all over who come to admire the historic structures at dusk.

Fresh snow had fallen on the coast of Maine earlier in the day, so I decided it was time to pay another visit to one of my favorite lighthouses. Cape Neddick is a little more than an hour’s drive from my home, so it has remained one of my repeat destinations over the years. And on this particular Monday, the moon was near full size, scheduled to rise after sunset.

When I arrived at the lighthouse, there were people hanging around the parking lot and on the rocks below, including some 20 photographers. But by twilight, most folks had packed up and left, perhaps heading home to dinner and family on this weeknight. I stayed behind, changed my lens to a 70-200mm for a tighter composition, and moved further to the right on the rocks to adjust the position of the rising moon in the frame. I waited until the bright moon was behind one of the small clouds to reduce contrast, and took several photos.

I always trust my wife’s judgment as a non-photographer, and often use her opinion as a sounding board for my photos. So when I got home, I showed her the various photos and compositions to get her feedback. This was the image she chose over all others.

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