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Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 19 December 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse (tied with Point Arena Light) on the West Coast of the United States. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Pigeon Point Light Station is located on the coastal highway (State Route 1), 5 miles south of Pescadero, California, between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The 115-foot white masonry tower resembles the typical New England structure. Because of its location and ready access from the main highway, Pigeon Point entertains a large number of public visitors.
The lighthouse and the land around have been preserved as Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, a California state park. The lighthouse is also designated as a California Historical Landmark.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific coast. The tower stands on a rocky promontory and has long been a landmark for ships approaching San Francisco Bay from the south. This headland, and hence the lighthouse, took its name from the ship Carrier Pigeon that wrecked here in 1853.

The lantern room of the tower is no longer equipped with the original first-order, 1000-watt Fresnel lens. No longer illuminated for demonstration purposes, the lens has 24 flash panels, is composed of 1008 hand-polished lenses and prisms and is capable of producing over 500,000 candlepower illumination. It was manufactured by the Henry-LePaute company in Paris, France and was first lit at Pigeon Point at sunset on November 15, 1872.

Photo captured August 18, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/321 second F/9.0 ISO 100 105 mm

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Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Very beautiful landscape

19 Dec 2012 5:52am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


19 Dec 2012 5:58am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love this scene

19 Dec 2012 8:03am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbare Aufnahme und eine gute Information.

19 Dec 2012 8:07am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful scene. Have a nice day.

19 Dec 2012 8:19am

Romina from tehran, Iran

nice shot and good view :) well done M.r artistic ;)

19 Dec 2012 8:59am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful composition and colors

19 Dec 2012 10:27am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Gorgeous scene and lighthouse - the colors are fantastic, and the I just love those low clouds. Nice shooting, Steven!

19 Dec 2012 11:58am

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

very beautiful shot,nice composition and light

19 Dec 2012 12:18pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Lovely tones and colors. My inclination would have been to compose to leave out some of the low, more modern looking buildings to the right, but I admire your framing because it includes the billowing flags and those wind-sculpted trees at the very right edge. This series of yours has probably moved the Cailfornia coast up a notch or two in my list of "places I gotta get to."

19 Dec 2012 1:38pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

You really know how to pick the best points of view, superb photo !~

19 Dec 2012 2:37pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

beau cadrage et image très claire... bien fait...

19 Dec 2012 3:40pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!

19 Dec 2012 4:44pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Stunning. Wonderful composing. Great shot. :)

19 Dec 2012 5:08pm

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Beautiful coast, framing and colors

19 Dec 2012 5:23pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A gorgeous image with so beautiful colors and splendid framing.

19 Dec 2012 5:29pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Des couleurs resplendissantes ! Merci pour toutes les explications.

19 Dec 2012 5:51pm

Florence from Paris, France

Great colors and nice vista !

19 Dec 2012 7:27pm

Romina from tehran, Iran

Steven ! Dear friend your so amazing photographer ;)

19 Dec 2012 8:12pm

franz from Baden, Austria

even though they may no longer serve their original purpose, i'm glad they're kept as monuments as they do look stately and elegant and add great charm to any coast !!!

19 Dec 2012 8:42pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful color and I like the clouds!

19 Dec 2012 8:43pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! This looks like a piece of art! gorgeous

19 Dec 2012 9:31pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A classic picturesque lighthouse setting, beautifully captured !

19 Dec 2012 9:58pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful nautical scene; a very beautiful postcard!

19 Dec 2012 10:06pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture

19 Dec 2012 10:30pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

This really is a stunning coast line

19 Dec 2012 10:41pm

N.Shoosh from Shiraz, Iran

very beautiful! nice view:)

19 Dec 2012 11:26pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic composition with the lighthouse being appropriately prominent in the frame! wonderful colour tones!

20 Dec 2012 12:51am

LauraS from Chico, United States

I've been to Pt. Arena, and Cabrillo Pt. Lighthouse, but not this one. Where is this? Lovely shot.

20 Dec 2012 10:25pm