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Sunset Over Point Bonita Lighthouse | by phil_mcgrew
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Sunset Over Point Bonita Lighthouse

This is a tough shot to get. The sun lines up with the lighthouse for a 2 week window, the lighthouse is very short, it's far away (3 miles), and there is almost always low level fog which swallows up the sun before it can touch the lighthouse. Due to some freak weather pattern where it's actually warm in San Francisco this week, I started thinking this shot might be possible after failing 4 times last year.


Originally constructed in 1855, Point Bonita Lighthouse is only 33 feet tall and 124 feet above sea level. With the ever-present Golden Gate fog, it was necessary to keep the height as low as possible. Erosion destroyed the original walkway to the lighthouse and a suspension bridge was built for access. Designed to mirror the Golden Gate Bridge, this is the only lighthouse in the US that can be reached by a bridge.

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Taken on June 9, 2012