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© Richard Knight
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UploadedSeptember 13, 2012
TakenAugust 21, 2012
ModelCanon PowerShot SX30 IS
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length4.3 mm
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[Halfway Rock Lighthouse, Casco Bay, Maine; August, 2012]

Dedicated to my lovely friend, Shirley Valencia, on her very special day.

Shirley co-hosted a wonderful JPG meet-up in St. Louis, last April. I’ll never forget it. Thanks for the memories, Shirls.

Shirley and I share a common interest in Rock ‘n’ Roll’s formative years, so I have linked a golden oldie that we both remember filling the airwaves way back when. (Wasn’t “AM” radio great?)

So, little “birthday buddy,” here’s wishing you the very best in life . . . now and always!


Halfway Rock Lighthouse (1871) is one of seven lighthouses in Casco Bay. It is halfway between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small, Maine, and thus its name.

Halfway Rock Lighthouse was built in 1871 to warn ships of the rocky ledge that appears in what is otherwise deep water. At the time of its construction, the rocky ledge had already exacted a fearful toll.

A boathouse was added later. The rocky ledge has become a favorite of seals.

GPS has largely replaced lighthouses as the navigation tool of choice. But, nothing can ever replace the iconic status of America’s lighthouses. Or Shirley!

As always, thanks for stopping by this page.

50 responses

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    What a wonderful shot, narrative and Birthday greeting! AM radio -- say, how old are you! ;-)

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (13 Sep 2012):


  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    Ohhhh, this is fabulous, Richard. Look at those gorgeous clouds. One of your very best. I love this area of Maine too....don't get down there often, but you have shown us how spectacular it is. What a lovely narrative and link too. I hope you Shirley has a fabulous birthday too.....she is a dear, dear person....one in a million!! Thanks for this beautiful photograph, Richard!!!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    SO well done, Dick!! A wonderful tribute to our Shirley!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    A beautiful shot, Dick! A great wish for Shirley's birthday!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    Wonderful view of this beautiful lighthouse, the blue tones are awesome.. beautifully captured, Richard!! Wishing Shirley a very Happy Birthday!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    Lovely tribute to Shirley, wishing you all the best on Sept. 16 and each day Shirley !

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    A lovely birthday gift.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (13 Sep 2012):

    Beautiful birthday message.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    A lovely tribute to Shirley for her birthday and a beautiful image...Happy Birthday, Shirley!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    You are so sweet! What a grand birthday tribute to the remarkable Shirley! Love the outstanding photo, love the YouTube video!! Your lines beginning with "GPS" are priceless!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (13 Sep 2012):

    a fantabulous image captured and dedicated to a very sweet lady. Shirley. She share the same birthday as my mom and my real brother Dix!!! Happy Birthday!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Shirley Valencia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    GREAT CAPTURE Great picture. And a lovely birthday wish to a great person

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    I love great lighthouse pics.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    What a beautiful landscape for Shirley, sure hope she had a great day, also love how the lighthouse is split between the two wonderful blues

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    Sorry Richard and Shirley missed the 9/16. Hope you both have a great weekend and Shirley has a wonderful b-day

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    Gorgeous view,photo and gift for Shirl. Love it!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (14 Sep 2012):

    Happy birthday to you both!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (14 Sep 2012):


  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    Happy Birthday Shirley!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (14 Sep 2012):

    What a shot! the perspective on this is fantastic Richard! And a very Happy Birthday to Shirley.. May her birthdays always be celebrated in smooth waters.

  • vince scaglione

    vince scaglione gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    Wonderful tribute and Shirley should be be proud to be honored with such a nice present!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    Thank you soooooo much birthday buddy!!!! I love this shot. I would love to go there. I have photographed all the Outer Banks lighthouses. This one is beautiful . fantastic com.... OH! who is the oldest here????lol

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (15 Sep 2012):

    This is such a beautiful birthday tribute to our sweet Shirley. Happy Birthday to you too!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (15 Sep 2012):

    A Tribute to Shirley which I join willingly. The lighthouse is always a special design for the place in which it was built, because it is always unique and unmistakable.

  • Daniel Anzola

    Daniel Anzola gave props (15 Sep 2012):

    Just impressive, the comp. and light play beautifully here.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (15 Sep 2012):

    Jan and Dean , Micky and Sylvia, Everly brothers, Ricky Nelson ! WOW! don't get any better than that.....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (15 Sep 2012):

    A fantastic photo for Shirley's birthday!!!

  • tania medina

    tania medina gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Great photo.

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (16 Sep 2012):

    And happy birthday to you Richard.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Happy birthday to both of you! Fantastic shot!

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    amazing shot!!!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Good one, Dick!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Great tribute. Congratulations and the best wishes for our dear Richard. Friday was also my father's bday. Great image btw.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    happy birthday Shirley.... I am late but my wishes are there everytime..... Thanks Sir richard for this nice gesture....

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    I love the power in this scene! perfect for Shirley.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Another Awesome Shot..

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (19 Sep 2012):

    Gorgeous tribute, Dick. A belated Happy Birthday, Shirley.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (20 Sep 2012):

    mesmerizing pull captures the eye so well

  • Santiago Padilla

    Santiago Padilla gave props (4 Oct 2012):


  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (4 Oct 2012):

    i love light houses and this is a beauty !!! job well done

  • Abha Kaul

    Abha Kaul said (11 Oct 2012):

    What a beautiful capture Richard! :) Thank you so much for painstakingly sharing these wonderful stories with your photographs. It's always a pleasure to see your work! :))

  • Sylvie Setiady

    Sylvie Setiady gave props (21 Oct 2012):


  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire gave props (23 Oct 2012):


  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Excellent picture, well done,

  • Drora Baharal

    Drora Baharal said (11 Nov 2012):

    great shot

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    Almost Haunting - Love the look and feel of this shot!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (9 Aug 2013):

    Lovely lighthouse. Richard, I'd crop out that handrail for a winner!

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