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Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 21 April 2021 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.

From the archives..........Photo captured August 18, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 100 70 mm

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Martine from Brest, France

Jolie photo, j'aime beaucoup les phares.

21 Apr 2021 5:25am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Thank you. Again, interesting background information on the subject of the image.

21 Apr 2021 5:36am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

The tallest light house on the West Coast is really saying something, Steven. She's a beauty.

21 Apr 2021 5:43am

Calusarus from Valence, France

Very nice seascape. I like the tiny house at the bottom of the lighthouse

21 Apr 2021 6:05am

jpla from Anjou, France

Belle prise

21 Apr 2021 6:35am

jean pierre from Paris, France

jolie photo "marine"!!

21 Apr 2021 6:53am

PAPOU from Aubusson (Creuse), France

Superbe comme un Hopper.

21 Apr 2021 7:29am

Pascale MD from Cévennes, France

Belle composition et bien joli phare.

21 Apr 2021 7:31am

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Beautiful framing and colors !

21 Apr 2021 7:32am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely composed with the small sea stack counterbalancing the lighthouse and interesting background documentary

21 Apr 2021 8:03am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful seascape

21 Apr 2021 8:14am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

wonderful view ! I like it.

21 Apr 2021 9:22am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a fine view on the lightbouse and interesting story

21 Apr 2021 10:54am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition.

21 Apr 2021 10:57am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

J'aime les phares pour ce qu'ils représentent. celui ci est superbe !

21 Apr 2021 10:59am

Rose from Clinton, United States

Nice framing!

21 Apr 2021 11:50am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WHat a beautiful scene. Love that rocky coastline

21 Apr 2021 11:54am

Willy from Belgium

une superbe composition

merci pour les informations Steven

bonne journée

21 Apr 2021 12:33pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb composition, light and colors!

21 Apr 2021 12:42pm

Florence from Bretagne, France

Like a horizon drawn with a ruler. A fascinating view that one could watch for hours. A wonderful shot!

21 Apr 2021 1:07pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe vue

21 Apr 2021 1:19pm

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful capture and thank you for the history.That rock does look like a pair of stunted pigeons!!!!

21 Apr 2021 3:38pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely view !!!

21 Apr 2021 4:09pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

So calmly serene. I wish I lived there.

21 Apr 2021 4:42pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of the light house. Interestng background.

21 Apr 2021 5:00pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Charmante prise. Résumé attrayant.
On a envie de rester à regarder.

21 Apr 2021 5:36pm

helys from Paris, France


21 Apr 2021 5:59pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Un paysage marin superbe!

21 Apr 2021 6:34pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

This lighthouse in a beautiful chosen composition photographed.

21 Apr 2021 7:06pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely image of this classic lighthouse. Some dangerous looking rocks in the water around it.

21 Apr 2021 8:47pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful image with wonderful composition. I saw this years ago.

21 Apr 2021 9:53pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Nicely balanced using the lighthouse and the rock. An excellent shot.

21 Apr 2021 10:27pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

lovely framing of the historic lighthouse and the ocean rocks

21 Apr 2021 11:48pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A beautiful composition. I remember seeing this lighthouse years ago and how beautiful it was. The coast along that part of CA is rough and I am sure that this lighthouse was a welcome light for boats. It has a long history. Beautifully photographed.

22 Apr 2021 1:55am

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Very nice

22 Apr 2021 1:57am

Urspo from Phoenix, United States

I recognized it right away

22 Apr 2021 2:23am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Fine coastal composition with the lighthouse appropriately prominent in the frame.

22 Apr 2021 3:18am

Maryse from bordeaux, France

On est jamais déçu devant un tel spectacle !!!!

22 Apr 2021 2:41pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

On se croirait en Bretagne.
Superbe paysage marin.

22 Apr 2021 11:21pm

Diane from Parksville, Canada

Other than a tiny one here on the west coast, I've never been close to any lighthouse but have always been incredibly intrigued by them and the people who used to live there. This is a frame-able photograph.

23 Apr 2021 12:03am

Remus from Portugal

It is a sleeping giant.
Wonderful capture with perfect ratio between sky and land/sea.

23 Apr 2021 4:42pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

How I long to be by the sea.

25 Apr 2021 10:33am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

a stunning image

3 May 2021 4:46am