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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Posted by Jody on April 5, 2013

Color ~ The Old Point Loma Lighthouse Lens

Color ~ The Old Point Loma Lighthouse Lens

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse – Illuminating the Past

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California

Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California

Today, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse still stands watch over San Diego, sentinel to a vanished past. The National Park Service has refurbished the interior to its historic 1880s appearance – a reminder of a bygone era. Ranger-led talks, displays, and brochures are available to explain the lighthouse’s interesting past.

Source: National Park Service

About the light: The original Old Point Loma lighthouse lens was hand crafted by Frenchman Henry-Lepaute. His beautiful master work was constructed with polished brass and several hundred hand-ground crystal prisms. Classified as a 3rd Order Fresnel lens, and weighing in at 1985 pounds, the light measures 5’2″ in height. When in operation, the beacon could be seen from more than 20 miles out to sea.

The beautifully maintained Old Point Loma Lighthouse is still quite a lovely sight to see!

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Related link: A Visit to the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

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9 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Color”

  1. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing said

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.

  2. Lovely old lighthouse, Jody. I’m glad it’s still used, even though it’s not lighting the way any more.

  3. mithriluna said

    As soon as I saw the first picture, I recognized a Fresnel lens and knew it belonged to a lighthouse. I love lighthouses and was thrilled to see your pictures of Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Great submission to the challenge! Also, thank you for stopping by my blog! Happy that it led me to yours!

  4. Iamrcc said

    Very nice and unusual representation of color for the Weekly Photo Challenge. Thanks for the visit and the like of my entry of “Color”

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