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When we were first in Key West, I painted the lighthouse - it was one of the first of my oil paintings. I was pregnant with my third child. One day when I was sitting their painting, I fainted. My teacher caught me.
The Key West lighthouse tower was originally 46 feet high and powered by 15 oil lamps with 15-inch reflectors, but was extended to 86 feet in 1894 (second photo). The lighthouse was deactivated in 1969, right after I painted my picture. It is now a museum and it has now be painted white - unlike when I did my picture when it was yellow.
Visitors can climb 88 iron steps to the observation deck which affords spectacular views. In 2005, when we were staying in Key West, I climbed the lighthouse for the first time. I had been resisting it, but I saw a photo in the Martello tower museum that showed Fort Taylor from the top of the lighthouse, and I wanted to see that too. So I climbed, and climbed. When I got to the top, a doctor asked me if I was having a heart attack. But I wasn't.
After I rested, I took some pictures of the surrounding area (photos 3-5), but I couldn't see Fort Taylor - I did see cruise ships, antennas and Hemmingway's house.
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