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B 3315 C 20 E May 22, 2010 F Jan 22, 2014
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As we drove towards down the California coastline we spotted a massive rock protruding from the sea and barely clinging to the land preventing it from becoming an island. Atop the rock were a number of small buildings but most notably on the north end of the rock (right side) is the Point Sur Lighthouse sitting atop the 361 foot rock. Beautiful blue green waves crash along the white sandy beach on the north side as clouds cast shadows across the peninsula. One of the more dramatic lighthouses in California though the lighthouse is only 80 feet high the light rises near 400 feet above the ocean. A narrow winding road wraps around the rock and leads up to the lighthouse which is open for touring on specific days. But arrive early as it is first come first serve and the number is limited. It is a remarkable and beautiful vista even from the road.

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Tags:   Point Sur Lighthouse Big Sur State Park Historic 1874 California Coast Beach Surf Pacific Ocean Sea Rock Dunes Sandy Waves Seashore Seascape Landscape Travel Vacation Tourism Tours Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

B 4412 C 23 E Jan 1, 2012 F Dec 29, 2013
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Happy New Year for 2014. This shot is obviously from a previous year but wasn't published. I hope to be out getting more great shots this year and wanted to get the jump on it and wish you all the best for the year to come. Wow, 2014 already. Seems like 2013 went by really fast. The shot was taken from the top of Yerba Buena Island looking towards the San Francisco skyline. The view is stunning but the drop down the cliff in front of you is a bit unnerving. You have to arrive very early to get a spot as this location has limited space. But what a wonderful view of the Embarcadero as fireworks light up the sky next to the famous Bay Bridge. Boats crowd the bay near the fireworks adding extra light of their own. One of my all time favorite places.

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Tags:   San Francisco Fireworks New Years Eve 2013 2014 Bay Bridge Suspension Embarcadero Treasure Island Yerba Buena Island Show Skyline Cityscape Landscape Bay Pacific Coast Port of San Francisco Pier 14 Bay Lights Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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You could not say it was dark out but it was a moonless night and as dark as it could possibly get on any crystal clear night. Approaching the Lighthouse one would think it luminescent beams would drown out the stars of night sky but the Milky Way was not to be outdone. Even the vast Pacific Ocean seemed subdued by the endless points of starlight as gentle waves washed ashore on the rocks below the cliffs of the Point and the haze that normally lingers along the California coastline was feather light. The scope of scenery could not be overstated. From the smallest item in clear view was the towering Pigeon Point Lighthouse shining brightly, but still dwarfed by the massive Pacific Ocean, and going off the scale of comprehensible the ocean of stars that is the Milky Way Galaxy and even that dwarfed by the unseen Universe beyond. You have a lot of time to think of the scale of yourself while waiting for the seconds to pass between photos and you cannot help but be impressed by the scenery in front of you.

You may feel apart from all this but we are all stardust. Made up of the ash of stars long since gone and it’s comforting to know we are part of this scene, looking back at itself and seeing the wonder that is the universe in which we exist for but a mere brief existence. And this moment captured in time, is actually a meager 13 seconds to expose the image. 13 seconds seems short but in one aspect this image represents an eternity of time. At least in human terms.

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Tags:   Milky Way Galaxy Pigeon Point Lighthouse Stardust Stars Pacific Ocean Sea Eternity Space Dust Cosmic Universe California State Park United States US Stellar Super Nova Glow Vista Landscape Scenery Square Love Heavenly Body Gas Astronomy Coast Highway Coastal Darv Darvin Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com

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It was a warm clear late summer night, the Milky Way illuminated the Pacific Ocean next to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. It was a calm night for the Pacific as light waves crashed below on the rocks and a warm inland breeze blew out over the Pacific Ocean. The Milky Way was nearly perpendicular to the horizon of the ocean matching the tall structure of California's tallest lighthouse. Although Pigeon Point is undergoing repair and the main Fresnel has been removed, the new 6 beam Coast Guard beacon made a nice stand in that illuminated the top of the lighthouse and threw out beams to the horizon.

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Tags:   Lighthouse Pigeon Point Pacific Ocean Beams Fresnel Beacon Stars Starry Night Long Exposure Reflection Glow Sea Beach Star Filled Tallest California Coast Coastal Illuminate Space Astronomy Galaxy Universe Cloud Dust Landscape Darv Darvin Atkeson Lynneal LiquidMoonlight.com

B 3262 C 25 E Jun 1, 2013 F Jun 19, 2013
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Well past sunset wispy clouds seemingly point to the illuminated Golden Gate Bridge and the City by the Bay. The San Francisco skyline begins to sparkle with lights as the Bay Bridge celebrates Bay Lights, the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge's sister bridge on the bay.

Both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Bridge were build at about the same time both using a suspension design. Last year the Golden Gate celebrated its 75th birthday and this year the celebration continues with the Bay Bridge.

While filming the bridge I have been asked why it's called the Golden Gate Bridge while it is clearly a bright orange? The answer is actually quite simple, the opening to San Francisco Bay is surrounded by hills covered in Golden Grass during much of the summer and fall months. The Golden Gate existed long before the Bridge. The Bridge was named after the straight that it spans and not the color of the bridge itself. You can see some of that golden grass in the foreground but the hills behind the camera are covered in it and often covered with California Poppies.

The famous Art Deco design of the bridge was not the first choice and there were many objects to the construction. A dislike of the cantilever design that was originally planned let to the more elegant replacement that we see today. Many of the elements of the bridge are more for ascetic effect rather than structural support. The bridge is illuminated by a number of spot lights that are directed at the two towers. Street lights, matching the Art Deco design line both sides of the bridge. The near side is restricted to bicycle traffic while the far side allows for both pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Both walkways are protected by a low rail which make it easy to view the city no matter your height as you walk across the span. It was reported this was due to the small stature of the designer who wanted a clear view. That consideration would later come in to criticism given the bridge is often used by those wishing to end it all.

Shooting the bridge and getting a unique shot is tricky and knowing the right times is key. The area is swept by high winds most of the year due the nature of the landscape around the bridge. During summer months fog blows in off the Pacific shrouding the bridge in the clouds. On a rare morning you may be lucky to see the fog down on the water so the top of the bridge and perhaps even the deck are visible from the Marin Headlands near Hawk Hill. To get this shot takes sheer luck or a lot of tries as it is fairly rare when the elements come together just right to create the proper effect. I've tried many of times but was only successful just this last year.

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Tags:   Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco California Night Skyline Marin Headlands Bridge Suspension Calif CA Highway One 1 Pacific Coast Beaches Cityscape Landscape Seascape Wilderness Nature Preserve Golden Gate Stars Starry Span Strauss Ellis 1937 1933 Morrow 746 ft Suicide Towers Cables Toll Twilight Darv Darvin Lynneal Atkeson LiquidMoonlight.com


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