I know that a lighthouse can improve any landscape or seascape composition. It serves as a strong symbol of guidance, the forces of nature and the danger that open waters bring.
I have also learned that the impact of a lighthouse in the composition is proportional to the distance from where you photograph it. The larger the distance, the stronger the impact. When you begin approaching a lighthouse, it becomes less and less impactful until you recognize that it is an old, rundown structure.
The featured photo is of the Swallow Tail Lighthouse on Grand Man Island. I have featured it multiple times on my blog.