Built in 1872, like most other lighthouses Whaleback is automated and has been since 1963. It's definitely a photographers favorite. Conditions are constantly changing on the ocean and in the sky but it's a wide open view so you're almost always guaranteed a good shot no matter the weather, except fog of course.
Though Whaleback can be seen from several vantage points in the seacoast area, on this particular day I happened to be at Great Island Commons (aka: New Castle Commons), the easiest and most accessible place to view Whaleback Lighthouse as well as Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.
Both of these photos were taken during a sunset (behind me) on December 30, 2009, just a day before the full Blue Moon on New Years Eve. It was rather cold, and though you can't see it the moon sits in the sky just off to the left. Also located on the left hand side of the horizon is the historic and defunct Wood Island Lifesaving Station.
Great Island Commons, and in and around New Castle remains one of my favorite places for photography. The views of the ocean, historic homes, and quaint yards are picturesque no matter what time of year. And that tiny one-horse-town post office of theirs is adorable!
I hope you'll stop by!