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There was a full moon and as if often the case I have a hard time sleeping so I made it up early out on to the short of nearby Bass Lake just as the moon was setting. The sunlight had began to illuminate the twilight but the large moon still hung over the western side of the lake. I had set up to get a shot of the reflection when a number of ducks came flying in. Then came the large white egret like a ghostly figure circling before skimming the surface of the water and landing down towards the falls that flow into the creek.

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Yosemite Landscapes
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N 87 B 1.6K C 10 E Sep 13, 2018 F Sep 14, 2018
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Half Dome and Sentinel Bridge reflect in Autumns calm waters on the Merced. The skies which had been solid cloud soon began to break up in perfect cotton ball clouds over the dome. Light slipped under the clouds and lit up Half Dome so I took it as time. Most people would have just shot this from the bridge but I wanted to get the bridge in the shot. So I waded out in to frigid waters of the Merced. It was a shock at first buy my feet soon adjusted to the cold, but never quite to the rocks. I stayed for a bit timing my images to avoid the flow of cars and foot traffic across the bridge. The park was slow and I didn't have to wait long. It was one of those days where everything is just perfect. It had been a while and I really needed one.

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Each year Bass Lake puts on fireworks display that is simply stunning. Hundreds of boats line the lake as people crowd on the shoreline after a day of celebration.

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Best Viewed on Black | More lighthouse pictures. | Desktop Background

Prints now available at LiquidMoonlight Studios

My first encounter with this incredible structure was back in 1984 when I was stationed at Ft. Ord near Monterey California.

Each year around the third week of November they light the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and let the 24 main beams remain still for about 5 minutes so photographers can take long exposure pictures of the lighthouse. Afterwards the beams begin to rotate so that to a distant ship, they will see one flash every 10 seconds. I have been to this event several times since learning about it a number of years ago. Each year is different and more and more photographers show up. Unfortunately due to repairs on the lighthouse the main Fresnel lens has been removed and can be viewed in the building next to the lighthouse. Until the Lighthouse is repaired the events are postponed. Hopefully we will see it again soon.

It's truly impressive when lit. This image has been used on billboards, magazines, books, banners, pamphlets and numerous websites.


In 1853 the Clipper Ship Carrier Pigeon ran aground on rocks off the coast and sank. After several other ships followed suit it was decided to build the lighthouse was finished and lit for the first time on November 15th 1872. This event is celebrated each year with the lighting of the main lens. During the rest of the year, curtains block the view of the lens.

A new LED based beacon has replaced the Fresnel Lens and the Coast Guard beacon so it's not quite as impressive now as it was a few years ago. Hopefully the Lighthouse will receive funding and be restored. If you visit, please do bring a few dollars to donate it is greatly appreciated by all us photographers. If you cannot make it to the lighthouse but would like to help, please visit the official site at
www.calparks.org/programs/resources/pigeon-point.html.

Cheers,
- Darv
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N 98 B 2.7K C 6 E May 22, 2018 F May 23, 2018
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A gentle breeze flowed over Bass Lake towards the shore sweeping up the sweet scent of lupine. I looked out across the lake where the sunset began to cast itâs orange, purple and pink pastel upon the distant clouds. I could hear the geese calling to each other from somewhere across the lake. The colors built slowly peaking before slowly fade into deep blue of twilight. The stars began to shine and I stayed till well after dark just enjoying the moment. This is Bass Lake, California.

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