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Clouds Off of Pigeon Point Light

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 8 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A gathering storm was slowly moving in. It was a little after 10 AM. Tomorrow we have a look from the other side of the lighthouse after the rains had passed. A quiet sunset capture along the beach - about 30 hours later.

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Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

always partial to a lighthouse!

8 Jan 2011 7:31am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

This looks like the perfect spot to sit and just gaze out at the ocean the whole day.A super composition Stephen !!

8 Jan 2011 8:22am

JCJ from Troyes, France

good panoramic format, but personally I would crop a large part on the right of the lighthouse

8 Jan 2011 10:40am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice to see some of the buildings around the lighthouse, one of which will be the keeper's house no doubt. I disagree with cropping these away.

8 Jan 2011 11:11am

@Curly: Thanks, Curly. Those houses are part of the history of the place - housing Coast Guard personnel who maintained a vast nearby long-wave antenna web. This was used for radio contact with ships far off at sea before GPS and satellite signals made this installation obsolete. I am old enough to have dispatched for a tug and barge operator in San Francisco, and actually did transmissions to deep-sea tugs using this set-up.

As solar winds and the magnetic field shifted - the communications would vary unpredictably. Sometimes our southern California office could read a tug that was far closer to us. We would read who we could and then share the information with those who needed it. From my radio I spoke with vessels from as far away as The Gulf of Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico.

The best news is that these buildings are now a hostel - complete with hot-tub! Part of a network of hostels along the Pacific coast of the U.S. - many of which are in lighthouses.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Lovely landscape

8 Jan 2011 11:12am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A lovely seascape... makes me think to Britanny. Like the choice of panoramic size.`
I'm late but I wish you the best for 2011. And here we go for 357 days of photographic exchanges, i hope... :-)
Kisses from France.

8 Jan 2011 12:25pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

love the motif, the colours and the format! very appealing!

8 Jan 2011 3:49pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Stephen this is perfect!!

8 Jan 2011 4:22pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Superb seascape!

8 Jan 2011 5:03pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Hello, Stephen! I think I remember a series of images of this place that you posted a long time ago. Gorgeous place. Love the crispness of this particular image.

8 Jan 2011 5:37pm

@willow: Good to hear from you willow! You are right - I have lots of images of this place as does 'Monterey John' and just about any other photographer in the area. It is about 82 km (51 miles) south of San Francisco along the coast highway - on the road to Santa Cruz. I average a trip at least twice a month.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great light and color

8 Jan 2011 10:10pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Beautiful photograph, love the colors of the sky and sea complementing each other so
well. Wonderful buildings and scene.

8 Jan 2011 11:10pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Nice view, colours and lighting...

9 Jan 2011 3:14am

Becky from los angeles, United States

simply beautiful.

9 Jan 2011 4:30am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Outstanding! How absolutely beautiful

9 Jan 2011 6:23am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

beautiful composition Stephen!

9 Jan 2011 8:52am