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Seeing things in a different light: 15 stunning photos of St Mary's Lighthouse

Stunning work.

EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO, Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys decided to start using the lighthouse near his home as inspiration for a new project.

St Mary’s Lighthouse on St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear can often be seen in different “moods”, he says.

He has been capturing those moods, or changing weather patterns, over the year and a half.

The Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Captured on 28 February 2014.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Night Sky 

Taken on 14 August this year using a time exposure.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

A break in the clouds

The sunlight creeping through dark clouds.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

All still

A summer’s day in July 2014.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Seeing things in black and white

Storm clouds descend on 8 July.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Good morning

Sunrise on New Year’s Eve

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Another storm brewing

In November 2013, storm clouds gather.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Dancing in the moonlight

The night of 11 September this year.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Light Up

Another image from 2013 using time-exposure at night.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Shooting star

A night sky in May 2013.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Wake up

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The end of the day

Sunset on 9 February.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear Source: Owen Humphreys

The Lighthouse

Completed in 1898 on a hazardous coast for shipping, the lighthouse remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

Up Close and Personal 

Since 1984, the lighthouse and former keepers’ cottages have been operated as a visitor centre by North Tyneside Council. The surrounding Nature Reserve contains an area of rockpools, clifftop grassland, a beach and newly created wetland habitats and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Tyne & Wear

See: Reminder That Ireland Is Beautiful Pic of the Day 

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