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Point Arena Light, Looking Northeast | by C. Roy Yokingco
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Point Arena Light, Looking Northeast

Inside the watch (aka service room), I asked the female docent if visitors are allowed to go outside the balcony and her immediate answer was "NO". I guess the balcony structure is just strong enough to support one person (the one in charge of cleaning the windows) and it will not take much for someone to accidentally trip and fall.


There was access to the more solid balcony below the service room and the door leading outside was open so I ventured out to check the views. The gale-force wind was making it very difficult to take steady shots, and within a minute of stepping out my eyes were watery. It was difficult to stand upright and my second camera slung on my left shoulder was getting banged up against the balcony wall. But as the saying goes, "The shoot must go on."


This photo is looking northeast and is about a 104-degree horizontal view with my lens set to 14mm.


Point Arena Light is a lighthouse in Mendocino County, California, United States, two miles north of Point Arena, California. It is located approximately 130 miles north of San Francisco along California's beautiful and scenic Highway 1. The lighthouse was constructed in 1870 of brick-and-mortar. The tower included ornate iron balcony supports and a large Keeper residence with space to house several families. The devastating 1906 earthquake damaged the Keeper's residence and lighthouse so severely that they had to be demolished. In 1908, the new lighthouse began operations again, 18 months after it was demolished in the 1906 earthquake. It stands 115 feet tall and featured a 1st Order Fresnel Lens that is over six feet in diameter and weighed more than six tons (12,000 pounds). In the late 1970s, the lighthouse was modernized with the installation of an automated aircraft-type beacon on the balcony tower and the historic 1st Order Fresnel Lens was discontinued.


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This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip up the northern coast of California during late spring of 2011. This single-day trip began in the central valley of California and camera shooting started in Windsor just north of Santa Rosa and on to Bodega Bay all the way up to Fort Bragg.


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Taken on June 19, 2011