Image: Ian Chamberlain
Pigeon Point lighthouse, Pescadero, California, USA
Ah, lighthouses! What’s not to love about these beacons of light, which have been guiding ships since the 17th century? At least, the modern versions have: the Egyptians, ever the pioneers, built their first lighthouse around 280 BC. How’s that for looking ahead?
Not surprisingly, lighthouses are most spectacular at night, when their lights beam dutifully for miles out to sea, guiding vessels through rough waters. In honor of these life-saving light-givers, we’ve found 20 simply stunning shots of lighthouses at night.