California: Point Bonita Lighthouse

Trail to Point Bonita Lighthouse

Trail to Point Bonita Lighthouse

Hand Carved Tunnel of Rock

Hand Carved Tunnel of Rock

View of Golden Gate Bridge

View of Golden Gate Bridge

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita Suspension Bridge

Point Bonita Suspension Bridge

Close-up of Point Bonita Lighthouse

Close-up of Point Bonita Lighthouse

Lantern Room with Fresnel Lens

Lantern Room with Fresnel Lens

Sea Lions on Rocks Below

Sea Lions on Rocks Below

The Point Bonita Lighthouse sits at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, California.  It has been in continuous operation since 1877.  The lighthouse is reached by a steep half mile trail through a hand-carved tunnel of rock and over a suspension bridge.  The suspension bridge mimics the style of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance (note the bridge was recently rebuilt and reopened to the public on April 14, 2012).  The Fresnel lens is composed of ground glass prisms arranged in rings around the light source.  Its steady white beam can be seen up to 18 miles at sea. Point Bonita is a spectacular windswept landscape of land, sea, and fog.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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