Two days ago I published this photo of the Ocracoke Lighthouse by my grandson, Eakin Howard.
I asked if any of our readers could explain how he got this unusual photo with a shadow of a lighthouse on the lighthouse itself.
Mike left the following comment: "There must not only be another light source to make the shadow but also a
reflective source to project it to the side of the lighthouse." Mike is correct...and the full answer to the puzzle is quite prosaic. This photo, taken on the same evening, should solve the mystery:
The shadow on the side of the lighthouse is of the small metal lighthouse-shaped donation box mounted on the boardwalk! At first I thought the moon was the light source, but Eakin told me the light came from his headlamp.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the Ocracoke Lighthouse,
with information (and an artist's sketch) about the earliest lantern room. You can read the
Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/ocracoke-lighthouse/.