Thursday, July 25, 2019

Photographic Review of Buffalo New York Lighthouse

Buffalo New York Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto

I enjoy photographing lighthouses and on a recent July day we made a stop on our trip east to visit the beautiful lighthouse in Buffalo NY.  This lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Buffalo river at the north entrance to Buffalo harbor.

Brief History of Buffalo Lighthouse

In 1805 Congress designated the Village of Buffalo to be a port of entry into the United States.  It was determined that the port needed a lighthouse but because of the War of 1812 construction was put off.  In 1818 the first lighthouse was built in Buffalo.  As the city of Buffalo grew into a major port a new lighthouse was needed.  The current lighthouse was built in 1833 at a height of 68 feet. You can read more about the history of the lighthouse at the following link Main Buffalo Lighthouse .

Photographs from my Visit

I was hoping to get up close to the lighthouse and had read the instructions online with directions how to get there by walking alongside the coast guard station.  What they didn't say was that this path was only open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays and since it was Wednesday I had to find another way to view the lighthouse.  I got back in the car and drove down the road to the nearest park on the harbor.  I found a charming park with a beautiful rain garden, some delightful wind catchers and paths all along the harbor.  The wind catchers were on a hill and when I climbed the hill, I got a great view of the lighthouse.  I had a 210 mm lens with me and it worked great to zoom in on the lighthouse.  The following photos are of the lighthouse and the park.

wind catchers photo by mbgphoto

Buffalo New York Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto

Buffalo New York Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto

Buffalo New York Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto


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  1. I lived just an hour from Buffalo growing up, but not sure I ever saw the Buffalo Light House. Wonderful to now learn about it and view it through your fabulous photos. Thanks, Mary Beth.

  2. Oh I love those wind catchers and the lighthouse of course. I think I would like to sit up on that hill and enjoy the view. Thank you for sharing your view of it with me.

  3. I don't know what the photos would have looked like if you were able to reach your originally planned photography spot, but I love that stone wall in your photos. It adds such a lovely element to the pictures, almost a frame. I always enjoy seeing your lighthouse photos and reading about the history of each one. Fascinating!

    1. Thank you Elf, Olivia and Cynthia for your comments.

  4. I always enjoy your photographs, Mary Beth! Even though you weren't able to capture the shots you were originally hoping for, you still got some wonderful ones.

  5. Oh, how I love a lighthouse! Lovely post!

  6. Love the wind catchers and the lighthouse as well - I live a few hours from Buffalo and haven't really had a long visit in the city, more passed through, but next time I'll know what to look for

  7. Beautiful! I really want to sit on that bench in the photo with the large boulder in the foreground and the lighthouse in the background.

  8. It is often quite challenging to get close enough to photograph a lighthouse. So many of them have restricted access, or no real public access (except by boat). I love that you came up with a Plan B for getting these photos. Well done!


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