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Bug Light – Portland, Maine

July 8, 2013
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse also known as Bug Light

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse a.k.a. “Bug Light”

Little Gem

Portland Breakwater Light, also known as “Bug Light” due to its small size, was built in 1875. Modeled on an ancient Greek monument, this little gem was actually constructed with cast iron plates.

Located at Bug Light Park in South Portland, Maine, the lighthouse is easily accessible and parking is free. Although the lighthouse itself is not open to the public, the grounds are always open for exploration. The curved, granite walkway leading to the lighthouse is interesting in its own right, as engraved dedications line the path.

Great Views

The expansive views from Bug Light Park include Portland Harbor, Casco Bay, and the Portland skyline. In addition, Bug Light can also be seen from several Casco Bay cruises.

Sunrise to Sunset

The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. I took this shot at 7:09 a.m. when the sun was still very low in the sky and casting a nice pastel hue. I loved its simplistic beauty.


One thing you might want to consider if visiting the park is bringing a picnic basket and blanket — especially if you are there for sunrise or sunset.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec., -1/3 EV

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