Atop Nobska: A room with a view

Seeing Woods Hole through a different lens
The Fourth Order Fresnel lens atop the Nobska Point Lighthouse in Woods Hole, MA. Photo by Paul Rifkin.

Prior to the 41st running of the Falmouth Road Race last Sunday, Paul Rifkin got the chance to join a team installing an antenna for ham radio communication during the race on Nobska Point Lighthouse.

As Michael Parsons and Damian Drella of Revere-based DC Rentals installed the antenna, Paul got a tour of the lightroom courtesy of Lighthouse Keeper Michael Bedard.

According to Bedard, the beacon is magnified by a Fourth Order Fresnel lens, which flashes every six seconds and is visible 17 miles out to sea. The red section warns ships away from L'Hommedieu Shoals, south of Cape Cod.

The lighthouse, which is typically open for tours during the summer and special events, is closed for the 2013 season during restoration work. Tours are conducted by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-2.

Marcel Proust said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."  And a trip to the top of the Nobska Point Light afforded Paul just that kind of view.

(Michael Parsons (foreground) and Damian Drella (back) place the antenna on a very windy morning. Photo by Paul Rifkin.)

(Lighthouse Keeper Mike Bedard looks out over the water that divides Buzzard's Bay and Nantucket Sound. Photo by Paul Rifkin.) welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on