Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Northern California, My Flickr Photo Set

On November 13, 2010, we hopped in the VW at 3:30 p.m. And headed toward Half Moon Bay. It was a spectacular day along the rugged Northern California coast. A magical sunset led us to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse along with about 2,000 other people, including 100s of Photographers. All gathered to celebrate the anniversary of one of the oldest, tallest lighthouses on the West Coast.

I was able to capture some of the stunning visuals with the Canon G9 fitted with a wide-angle lens.

More from the State Parks’ Website:

Perched on a cliff on the central California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. Its five-wick lard oil lamp, and first-order Fresnel lens, comprised of 1,008 prisms, was first lit at sunset, November 15, 1872. The lens stands 16 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter, and weighs 8,000 pounds. It sits in a lantern room that had been constructed at the Lighthouse Service’s general depot in New York before being shipped around the Horn. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation using a 24 inch Aero Beacon.


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