Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

We Cannot Hold a Torch to Light Another’s Path Without Brightening Our Own September 13, 2008

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.  ~Ben Sweetland

Tokina 12-24

On December 1, 1875 the beacon of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse filled the remaining “dark spot” on the North Carolina coast between the Cape Henry light to the north and Bodie Island to the south. To distinguish the Currituck Beach Lighthouse from other regional lighthouses, its exterior was left unpainted and gives today’s visitor a sense of the multitude of bricks used to form the structure. The lighthouse was automated in 1939 when the United States Coast Guard assumed the duties of the Bureau of Lighthouses. At a height of 158 feet, the night beacon still flashes at 20-second intervals to warn ships hugging the chain of barrier islands along the coast.

Number of steps: 214
Height to focal plane of lens: 158 feet
Height to top of roof: 162 feet
Number of bricks: approximately one million
Thickness of wall at base: 5 feet 8 inches
Thickness of wall at parapet: 3 feet


11 Responses to “We Cannot Hold a Torch to Light Another’s Path Without Brightening Our Own”

  1. Julie McLeod Says:

    Lovely! The perspective of that second shot is wonderful – it adds so much drama to the scene and you can’t help but realize how darn tall this lighthouse is. And your third shot shows what a pretty setting the lighthouse is in. I’m used to seeing lighthouses on rocky cliffs so this wooded site seems unusual to me….

  2. Lance Says:

    I love that quote Jen! What a great reminder of what being a light for someone else really means to us personally. And, you pictures of the lighthouse are awesome. My favorite is the last shot, the lighthouse towering above…

  3. Paul Grecian Says:

    I’ve been up to the top of this lighthouse several times and always enjoyed the view. I think it’s one of the hardest lighthouses to represent well and you did a really nice job of it. The red brick against the blue sky works well. There’s also a nice walkway to the sound that I always explore when I visit.

  4. Mike Palmer Says:

    Great Captures Jen!! That blue and red combo are perfect!

  5. Oscar Says:

    Jen – I agree with Paul – a hard subject to capture, yet as usual you did a great job capturing one of my favorite places!

  6. Enigma3 Says:

    These rock Jen! The last two are shot from a great perspective. The second to last one is my favorite because of the way you captured the top of the lighthouse between the trees. Nice job.

  7. Jen Says:

    Thanks everyone – I’m pleased you like the perspective I’ve chosen for these. With the size of the location and the trees it was tricky.

    The wide angle Tokina 12-24 was priceless for capturing the lighthouses.

    2 more lighthouses to process & share!

    I love the quote too! 🙂

  8. what a happy set! You did magic framing the lighthouse with trees. YAY!

  9. skip Says:

    did you stay in corolla?

  10. Tara Says:

    Does anyone know the actual source of this quote? Is it from one of his books, or is it speech?

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