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Lighthouse Calendars

Updated on September 11, 2014

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It seems that everyone enjoys a lighthouse! There is something about that beacon shining out to sea that holds a fascination for many people. There are wonderful stories of romance, shipwrecks, and history associated with lighthouse.

I have always been fascinated by these interesting structures. For many years ship's captains depended on lighthouses to help them navigate around the coast. Today modern technology has eliminated the need for many of the lighthouses, but interested groups of people have worked to restore these structures that are such an interesting part of history.

In this lens I will bring you a collection of calendars featuring lighthouses. Some are from my own collection of lighthouse photographs and others are ones I found that looked interesting.

These calendars would make great gifts for that lighthouse enthusiast on your gift list.


photograph of Two Harbors Lighthouse by Mary Beth Granger

Calendars for the Coming Year

Lighthouse calendars contain popular scenes that are enjoyed by many people. These calendars make great gifts that last all year long. Just think of all your friends and relatives who enjoy lighthouses and pick out the perfect calendar for them. A colorful wall calendar is great and for some a pocket engagement calendar will be just perfect.

2014 Maine Lighthouses Calendar
2014 Maine Lighthouses Calendar

Maine has so many beautiful lighthouses.

 

Great Lakes

Traveling the shores of the Great Lakes gives you a great opportunity to see a wide variety of different lighthouses. The Great Lakes were a major shipping avenue in early America and their rocky shores could be disastrous for shipwrecks. Because of this dangerous lighthouses were built throughout the 1800's and early 1900's. They provided a beam to steer the ships away from the dangerous shores and were also a navigational guide in the days before GPS.

I have visited many of these lighthouses and each one has its own unique personality. Some are really small houses with an attached tower, while others are taller conical towers with a keepers house nearby. Because of the rough winters the keepers lived either in or close to the lighthouse so they could getting the lights lit.

Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie - click on photo to enlarge

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Evening shadowsBefore sunriseAfter sunsetGlow from sunriseMid day shotMid day at MarbleheadSunrise on Lake Erie
Evening shadows
Evening shadows
Before sunrise
Before sunrise
After sunset
After sunset
Glow from sunrise
Glow from sunrise
Mid day shot
Mid day shot
Mid day at Marblehead
Mid day at Marblehead
Sunrise on Lake Erie
Sunrise on Lake Erie

Lighthouses Guide the Way

Before modern GPS, lighthouses were particularly important both to guide the ships and to let the captains know where they were located. The lighthouses of the Outer Banks are each painted differently so ships captains can know where they are along the coast.

Florida Coastal Lights

The state of Florida has many historic lights that dot the shoreline. To the north on the Atlantic shore you will find one of the oldest lights at St. Augustine. This classic black and white lighthouse with a red dome guided ships in the past and today welcomes visitors to climb the tower.

A bit further south you will find Florida's tallest lighthouse at Ponce DeLeon. It is a bright red color. Another red lighthouse that is a favorite of mine is the lighthouse at Jupiter Inlet Florida. This lighthouse has a colorful history and was important in guiding ships along the inlet waterways.

To the south on Key Biscayne you come upon a stately white lighthouse at Cape Florida. All of these lighthouse and more are a colorful part of Florida's history.

Do you have a favorite type of calendar? - stop by and drop me a note

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Love lighthouses. Perfect to have them a calendar to see all year long.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      So many beautiful lighthouse calendars!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Since I live on the Georgia coast, I'm drawn to the Lighthouse of the Atlantic Coast calendar. Lovely.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love your lighthouse pictures - perfect on a calendar!

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Good work put into this lens, thumbs up

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I would hang any of these Lighthouse Calendars in my home. They are beautiful.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Wonderful selection and photos.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      You know I always love your lighthouse photos! Just gorgeous!

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Lighthouses touch me a romantic fiber and I think hearing the sound of sea andsea gulls. Thanks.

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      You certainly show those lighthouses to advantage.

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      Great choices.

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      Winter52 LM 7 years ago

      I will have to pay attention to next year's calendars. I never thought of one featuring lighthouses. They are indeed gorgeous!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Oh very cool. calendars with lighthouses!

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Lovely calendars Mary Beth. You have done a fantastic job of expanding your niche.

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful calendars.

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Mary Beth, something very reassuring about lighthouses and what a great way to display them via a calendar. Thanks for sharing. ***** to you.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      what a great item on which to feature some beautiful lighthouses!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Exquisite calendars! I love your niche! You really branch it out nicely. Great job! 5*****

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Oh Mary Beth this is wonderful! You are such a genius! I do need a 2010 calendar.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      These are beautiful!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh very nice Lighthouse Claendars, Mary Beth!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Very nice calendars and a very nice lens too!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Beautiful! Lighthouses definitely make for good calendars!

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      I know this will come as a big surprise but we love horse and pony calendars. :) I love your into image. These lighthouse calendars are very nice.