The Light Shines Again
I caught Odyssey Cruise Lines from Tarpon Springs with the Florida Lighthouse Association for the reopening of Anclote Key Lighthouse. The tour guide navigated through calm seas and narrated local history. We learned about the once thriving sponging industry and saw locations where movies were shot.
After a short boat ride, we arrived at Anclote Key State Preserve and debarked at a pristine beach. A scenic nature trail led us to Anclote Key Lighthouse. I drew several sketches and took photographs of the fuel house before scaling the 102 foot lighthouse.
The steel framed lighthouse offered a panoramic view of the tiny island. I was delighted to be able visit during the reopening. The lighthouse had been closed a few years and was restored through funds from the Florida Lighthouse Association and Friends of Anclote Key Lighthouse.
Later when I painted the lighthouse I thought about the signs that I had read along the nature trail. They warned that Florida’s natural habitat was being endangered by invasive erotics. This inspired me to used green in the painting to symbolize Florida’s natural habitat and to add a few palms trees that were prevalent on the island.