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St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse Staircase

St. Augustine Lighthouse Staircase

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse, located on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, Florida. The lighthouse, built in 1874, is 165 feet tall, has 219 steps, and 8 landings. I went to the lighthouse while visiting the nearby St. Augustine Alligator Farm for bird photography, specifically to photograph the interesting spiral staircase and interior.

Below are a few images captured during my visit.

Spiral staircase of the St. Augustine lighthouse looking up from ground level.

View looking down inside the tower and spiral staircase.

Inside the lighthouse there may be a wide range of light levels between the somewhat dark interior and the windows and sunlit areas, which was certainly the case when I was there. I successfully used High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques to create the image below, but, in any event, use of a tripod is recommended to allow for the bracketing needed for HDR or slower shutter speeds. This works best during a time when there are no or few other visitors inside the lighthouse because the staircase vibrates when anyone is climbing the stairs.

A view of the spiral staircase, window, and the outside world.

On the Road

For RV’ers and campers visiting the lighthouse or St. Augustine, here are a few places to be aware of:

  • Anastasia State Park – located adjacent to the lighthouse has 139 sites which provide excellent access to the beach and St. Augustine, which is 10 minutes away. This is a very popular beach and campground, so sites may not be available without a reservation.
  • Faver-Dykes State Park – approximately 20 miles away, is a smaller park with 30 campsites in a residential area just south of St. Augustine off of US 1. The park is quiet and peaceful and is a good location for nature observation. I had armadillos come through my site when I stayed there.
  • Flying J St. Augustine – located approximately 15 miles from the lighthouse, provides all the usual services and amenities for RV’ers.

Click on the photos above for more information, click the link in the caption to see all photos of this lighthouse, or click here to see more images of lighthouses.

All images © Clarence Holmes

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