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Morris Island Moonscape

By Tom Poland

web posted March 4, 2016
Morris
                                                          Island
                                                          MoonscapeLIFE DOWN SOUTH-- Winter solstice. Moon in December. For one flawless moment, Morris Island Lighthouse cradles the moon. Stand in the exact same spot in June, summer solstice, and the lighthouse platform will prop up the sun just as perfectly.

Lighthouses, storied sentinels of yesteryear, have long brought a charming touch to the coast. When built in 1876, this, the third lighthouse on this site, stood on solid ground 1,200 feet from the sea. Jetties built in 1889 to protect Charleston Harborís shipping lanes altered the currents, rapidly eroding Morris Island, and today the lighthouse stands 300 yards off Folly Beach. In 1962 the Charleston Light, located on Sullivanís Island, replaced the decommissioned Morris Island Lighthouse.

When it comes to structures that loom over the land, lighthouses stand tall among artists, photographers, the romantic, and those who want to save these illustrious beacons. Save the Light is a nonprofit organization fighting to save Morris Island Lighthouse from the sea. Letís hope it succeeds, or a one-way trip, destination obscurity, will come to pass.

There she stands. Rusting but proud, a legend from a seafaring past that is no more. Gone but not yet forgotten and rendered into indelible art by a man and a moment.

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Narrative by Tom Poland, Photo by Robert Clark







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