Long Island Landscape
This is the result of a four-year effort to get to this island lighthouse in the middle of Boston Harbor. Prior to releasing the first book in 2017, I'd made several attempts starting the year before to get permission to visit the island at night. A few years before, a bridge to the island had been demolished, making access quite difficult. Now again truly an island, Long Island had once been the center for Boston's homeless. With the bridge about to be torn down, the department of health removed all inhabitants and closed down the island. I started searching who might own it, and was bounced around many governmental offices for a number of years. No one could give an answer to whom permission to visit should come from. The Coast Guard maintained the light, but getting to the right desk to get permission to visit at night was nearly impossible. In early 2020, I finally got to the right person and was granted access to the island. Then Covid hit, postponing any early spring visit. We finally made it out to the island in June with the help of some local Coast Guard officers. It was a balmy late spring night with the moon near new as we were dropped off on the island dock. The pier gate was locked despite our having permission to visit, but the fence was easily scalable. We made our way up the hill to the lighthouse along an overgrown darkened path. Once at the lighthouse, it's amazing the beacon can be seen at all on the water. Wild trees surround the tower, and getting a decent image is quite hard. But we persisted, and were happy to walk away with some good images. This is the last remaining lit lighthouse to be shot of the Massachusetts collection.