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B 3396 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

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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

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Standing in a thousand chest high white calla lilies with massive surf rolling in off the Pacific Ocean is nothing short of spectacular. The couple standing on the beach in the distance give only a small sense of the sheer size of the wave rolling toward them and yet they are about as far away from the wave as I was from them. The stunning white lilies grow wild along a small creek that runs down from the Carmel Highlands in to the Pacific Ocean just north of Big Sur. Wild flowers and ice plant cover the hills during springtime and are gone within a couple of weeks. California's Northern coastline is filled with some of the most incredible scenes and finding these little jewels can be a real challenge. This one is hidden just below California's scenic Highway One which along the coast.

The parking area has a main trail that leads you down to a stunning beach with great wave action. Naturally most people take the trail straight to the beach, however I you take the side trail that runs along the cliffs above the ocean you come to a small canyon and the trail descends steeply down to the creek below. Soon you are waist high or deeper in lush green leaves and beautiful white flowers (spathe) up to 10 inches wide with their bright yellow centers (spadix) protruding just above the crest of the flower. Spectacular in floral arrangements they are incredible when you see them growing wild in contrast with the bright luminescent waves of
California's coastal waters.

If you are coming from San Francisco take the time to make the trip along the coast which will include a number of equally incredible sites and vistas including Pigeon Point, Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach, 17 Mile Drive, and Big Sur. You will find this little gem hidden not long after you pass though the Carmel Highlands and are entering the Big Sur area. Your trip will be nothing short of incredible and well worth the time spent.


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A kelp filled wave crashes against aged and cracked rocks along the coast just north of Big Sur California. A small rock balances, teetering on the edge of a sea stack. In the far distance the Rocky Creek Bridge which is often mistaken and labeled as the Bixby Bridge due to similar arched construction. However the Bixby Bridge is further south along Highway One and considerably bigger. This section of the California coast is worth visiting just to see the wide variety of blue the Pacific Ocean produces in pristine waters. It's a painters delight or dilemma when considering what colors to mix to get the perfect mix that you see here so easily generated by nature. A kelp forest just beyond the waves can be seen and with a pair of binoculars you can see the rangers of the kelp forest, the California Sea Otters, continually protecting the kelp from sea urchins that feed on the roots of the plants.


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