Locally owned Puzzles commissioned the work of Milton photographer Robert Young after reaching out on Facebook for photographic submissions of a quintessential Lewes sunset to be used as the image on its latest puzzle.
The 204-piece, 9.5-inch-square wooden jigsaw puzzle, “Delaware Bay Sunset,” features an iconic sunset at The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, with the Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse visible in the background.
Young designated local nonprofit Lewes in Bloom to receive a dollar from the sale of each puzzle, and Puzzles will match that amount. Young notes the nonprofit’s beautification of Lewes that locals and visitors enjoy every year.
This evocative puzzle is made of high-quality wood and includes unique maritime-shaped figural and whimsical pieces reflective of this area. Specially made by Zen Puzzles and suitable for framing, it joins a collection of other exclusive jigsaws available at Puzzles that celebrate Lewes and the maritime history, flora, fauna, beach life and lighthouses to be found in the Cape Region.
Tim Southerst, owner of Puzzles on the canal at Front Street, said, “It will hopefully stir fond memories of time spent in Lewes by vacationing families and friends, and is an evocative reminder for those of us lucky enough to live here permanently of one of the key reasons why we do so, as we seek to preserve Lewes’ maritime heritage.”
Southerst remembers his wife crying with joy the first time she viewed a Lewes sunset from this vantage point. Hailing originally from the West Coast, she had never seen the sunset over Atlantic waters before.
The Delaware Breakwater East End Light was commissioned in 1884 to replace the Cape Henlopen Beacon, and is ideally positioned for sunset viewing. It was decommissioned in 1996 as shoaling at Cape Henlopen gradually reduced its significance, and the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse began to serve mariners on the outer breakwater.
Young is a resident of Milton, a former USAF pilot and Vietnam veteran, software engineer and minor league baseball player, as well as an avid photographer. He especially enjoys applying his creativity to post-processing his photographs to further evoke a visual and emotional response to his work.
Puzzles has been welcoming locals and visitors alike for over 25 years. Founded in 1992 and located at 108 Front St., it is devoted to providing jigsaws, crosswords, brainteasers and games that exercise the brain: mind-powered and soul-soothing wares to provide hours of fun and enjoyment for all ages. For more information go to www.lewespuzzles.com.