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Lighthouse through the Palms

Updated on November 13, 2014

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is a great lighthouse to photograph. It is located in Pompano Beach, Florida just north of Fort Lauderdale. There is a small park across the waterway from the lighthouse that has beautiful palm trees. From this location, you can photograph the lighthouse framed in palms. It makes a wonderful photograph.

I discovered this lighthouse last March when we were taking a drive in southern Florida with our little granddaughter. The park had a great playground so we were able to accomplish two functions in one Rachel some play time and letting Grandma photograph a lighthouse. It doesn't get much better than that!!

photographs by Mary Beth Granger

Scene from Across the Bay - Black and White Skeletal Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Hillsboro Inlet was built in 1906-1907. The tower is 142 feet tall and is a skeletal design. The bottom of the skeletal tower is white and the top half of the tower, along with the lantern is black. The lighthouse is operated by the Coast Guard and is only open to the public during tour dates. You can find out more information from the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society at

Rachel Posing by Bell

In this photo my granddaughter, Rachel, is standing in front of a ship's bell that is in the park across from the lighthouse. There is a good view of the lighthouse in the background.

Framed in Palms

I had fun framing my photos with the Palm trees in the park. They made an interesting way to photograph the lighthouse.

The Hillsboro lighthouse was originally built in Detroit and then sent by barge down the Mississippi to the Gulf, where it was then purchased by the government and reassembled at distant Hillsboro Inlet.

In 1907 the government purchased the 1st order Fresnel lens, which still functions in the lighthouse today. It has a range of twenty-eight miles.

Beautiful Watercolor

Artist Jon Schaubhut

Enjoy this beautiful watercolor painting of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

Enjoy this Video of the Light - as seen from sand dredging operation

This video gives you a good view of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

I'd love to hear about lighthouses you have visited or maybe just read about and hope to visit.

Do you love lighthouses? What is your favorite one?

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      6 years ago

      This lighthouse has an interesting structure...and I like the story of it coming to South Florida. Lighthouses always have such interesting stories behind them.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      I like the picture - "Lighthouse Framed in Palms", it is so beautiful and a great idea.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a great idea for a suite of lenses. I know this one, I lives in South Florida for 3 years, the last 2 in Deerfield Beach just a couple of miles north of the inlet.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      That is a beautiful lighthouse, I love that photo taken through the Palms too. I don't think I have ever seen one that is open on the sides like that one. Lensrolling this to my Oregon Lighthouse page. Thank you so much for your sweet blessings on my new Turtle lens too, you are an angel!

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      9 years ago

      You know Mary Beth, you have done so many remarkable lighthouses! Is there a list of the most visited lighthouses from those that you have visited and photographed?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Beautiful!!! As always, your photos are beautiful and your granddaughter looks like a pretty, little angel.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      10 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I am linking to this lens in the blog I'm writing on how Squidoo benefits readers.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      10 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I have visited about three, but it was long ago. One was in San Diego, one is fairly near me, and I can't remember where the other one was -- I was very young when I toured it -- I just know it was in California. You've done a good job. The palm trees really do make a nice frame.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      10 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Superb. Thanks for visiting Convict Lake.

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I just love your lighthouse lenses. Another job well done. 5*s

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      10 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great Lens! I love light house too! Well put together lense,5*s from me!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, beautiful lighthouse pictures.

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      10 years ago

      Nice lens, lovely photos, I would love to visit the U.S one day.

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      10 years ago

      Another wonderful lighthouse lens! Enjoyed!

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      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful work. I've never seen this light, but I'd love to go's dreary here in New England!

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      10 years ago

      I followed your light over from Tipi's guest book (sisters) and have had a wonderful time on several of your lenses, but now able to leave mesagges as a non-member in some. Door county is in my backyard--we live i Douglas county and fell in love 9 years ago driving around Wisconsin. I like OhMe's idea of a coffee table book, perhaps something to consider?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have decided that all of your beautiful lighthouse photographs would make a great coffee table book. Have you ever considered that?


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