Golden Sunrise - Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

One of Maine's most famous lighthouses is conveniently located in Fort Williams Park on Cape Elizabeth. The lighthouse itself is located at the entrance of the channel that leads into Portland Harbor.  It overlooks Casco Bay, which is part of the Gulf of Maine. The light was completed in 1791 and is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine. 

Normally, the park is very crowded and teeming with people, but, if you show up before dawn, you typically have the park to yourself. This light has been photographed many times and has a few iconic compositions that I have shot before. For this angle, I scaled a chain link fence and climbed out onto the rocks to get a different view. My goal was to get low on the rocks and show their many lines and small crevices and how they contrasted with the sunlit lighthouse in the background.