2022—Big Red

Big Red, as the Holland Harbor Lighthouse is affectionately known, juts into Holland Harbor protected by a breakwater. Ice floes, like those in this photograph, surround it in the winter. As we watched for a couple of hours one morning last week, the direction of the floes changed a couple of times and the amount of ice surrounding the lighthouse changed constantly. At one point, the entire foreground was filled with ice, and later, there was almost no ice. Big Red was built in 1907 as a fog signal building with no light. The light was on an adjacent structure until 1936 when the Coast Guard added a light to Big Red on top of the fog signal.