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Birthday Moon at the Lighthouse | by Darvin Atkeson
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Birthday Moon at the Lighthouse

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With only a few hours sleep we arose early to witness a beautiful pink

"super moon" setting in to the Pacific Ocean as the sun was rising upon

California's most stunning lighthouse at Pigeon Point. The soft hues of the

early morning sky contrast nicely with the bright spring colors in the

meadow below the towering lighthouse. A soft summer breeze blew offshore

creating clear skies perfect for viewing the super moon from California's

coastline. The super moon occurs rarely when the moon's elliptical orbit

brings it about thirty thousand (30,000) miles closer to earth increasing

its illumination by up to 30%.


Pigeon Point Lighthouse is California's tallest lighthouse. Seen here it

is currently missing its massive Fresnel lens while the lighthouse undergoes

restoration and repair. The famous lens can currently be viewed up close in

the large building seen on the right side of the image. The ground

surrounding the lighthouse now serve as a youth hostel for travelers. The

lighthouse is positioned on a rocky shore between San Francisco and Santa



The title of the image is for my loving wife, who though quite sleepy from

filming the moon over the Bay Bridge the night before, was still willing to

get up after less than three hours of sleep, on her birthday no less, so

that we could drive the 68 miles to the lighthouse and take pictures of this

special event as the sun was rising. I promise, I did let her sleep in the

next day.


© Darvin Atkeson

LiquidMoonlight Studios

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Taken on May 6, 2012