The Moon and Sun ~ Reno, Nevada

We had a beautiful sunrise this morning…if it wasn’t for the fact that I did a huge backwards stretch in my chair I wouldn’t have seen it. LOL! Grabbed my camera and ran outside, setting off the door alarm (before 7 am and the doors were still locked) as I did. Sheesh.

The moon and Mars this morning…taken on the way into work.

Then the moon yesterday morning, also right before entering my work building.

Point Arena Light Station

It’s now another day and onto another lighthouse! Friday we visited Point Cabrillo…Saturday morning was Point Arena’s turn!

When I awoke, I saw stars up in the sky and immediately thought YEA! Maybe no fog today! My husband wanted a morning walk so under Hwy 1 we went and wandered the beach where Pudding Creek empties into the ocean. Absolutely beautiful morning…

Then I looked out towards the ocean…ACK!…a Stephen King Fog Bank was rolling in! We gotta get our butts down to Point Arena before it hits!

The lady at Point Cabrillo said it takes 1.5 hours to drive from Fort Bragg to Point Arena…not nah…not in our Pontiac G6 GT it didn’t. We were early. The grounds don’t open until 10 (but the gate was open so we drove in…and was promptly told to drive back out…insurance reasons. LOL!).

Guess what?

We didn’t beat the fog. But isn’t she beautiful? She’s the only lighthouse on the west coast of any height that you can climb all the way to the top!

A little history first…the original lighthouse was constructed in 1870 with brick and mortar with a large Keeper residence (3 stories high) that housed several families. Then along came the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 which so severely damaged the lighthouse and residence that they were condemned and torn down. A new lighthouse was built by a San Francisco company that mainly built factory smokestacks…no longer was the lighthouse a cone shape, but is practically straight up and down. Made of steel reinforced rods encased in concrete. 18 months after the earthquake the new lighthouse began operation.

It stands 115 feet tall!

It housed a 1st Order Fresnel Lens, made in France, that is over 6′ in diameter and weighed more than six tons. (It now sits in the Fog Signal Building) There are 666 hand-ground glass prisms with three sets of double bulls-eyes that gave the lighthouse it’s signature two flashes every six seconds. The light could be seen up to 20 miles out to sea.

That big boy sat on a mercury bearing drive unit that had to be hand-cranked (like a grandfather clock) EVERY 75 minutes! The 160-pound weight was housed in a pipe in the middle of the spiral stair case.

The Fog Signal building from the top of the lighthouse. There’s a Devil’s Punchbowl to the upper right side…it’s been pretty much eroded away, but there’s another one starting to form!

The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers acquired the light station in 1984 as part of a 25 year land lease from the US Coast Guard…they did such an awesome job of restoring and upkeep that they became the official property owners in 2000. The cost of the tour and roaming on the grounds is $7.50 (YES! That’s it! So please donate more at the gift shop that is housed in the Fog Signal Building!!!!)

OH! You can also rent out the Keeper’s homes on the property as vacation rentals!

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

On our trip to Fort Bragg, California over the Thanksgiving weekend, I had three goals…Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Point Arena Lighthouse, and Glass Beach.

I’m glad I got to see Point Cabrillo Light Station as California has decided to close it down in 2012 due to their budget crisis. 😦

It’s about a 1600 meter walk from the parking lot down to the lighthouse…very nice walk, not hard at all.

The lighthouse was built (starting in 1908) to guide small schooners that carried lumber down to San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. The earthquake damaged the Point Arena lighthouse leaving no lighthouses between Cape Mendocino and Bodega Bay.

It houses a British built 3rd Order Frensel Lens by Chance Brothers and was first lit on June 10, 1909. It is one of only twelve in the United States and has 90 glass prism pieces…it has a 10-second flash that can be seen up to 15 miles out.

The lighthouse sits on the second of five coastal terraces…

Overlooking a very large amount of sea palms!

Looking north towards the 1850 FROLIC shipwreck site.

You Tired of Sunrises Yet?

It’s been getting dark after I get off of work so the only time I get to play with my camera is on the way to work…and we here in Northern Nevada are never short on pretty sunrises.

First two are taken before the sun is up, around 6:10ish. Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. All I’ve done is sized the picture…no sharpening, no color enhancing (outside of the camera).

Just click on the picture to enlarge it.

#1 – taken with the Creative Control Mode set to Expressive.

#2 – Taken with the Intelligent Auto Mode.

The next two were taken right before 7am.

#1 – taken with the Creative Control Mode set to Expressive.

#2 – Taken with the Intelligent Auto Mode.

Tale of two different sunrises

Both from my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 shot this morning here at work. Reno, Nevada.

The first, taken from the post office here on campus with the setting on night shot. True to color.

The second, taken in front of my building with the setting on Creative Expressive. The setting added yellows and did away with the blues and pinks. Not true to color.

More photos from my first outing with the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

All taken on Sunday afternoon at Rancho San Rafael Park in NW Reno, next-door to the University of Nevada. The day was overcast off and on.