|1st Order Fresnel Lens|
|2nd Order Fresnel aka Clamshell|
In September 2004 I went on my first lighthouse hunting trip. Well, it wasn't just for lighthouses, but also to return to where I was born and to go on a whale-watching cruise and see orca (killer whales) in the wild. I did get to see some of the lighthouses of Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, but it was all from boats. Hahaha. The one lighthouse I had the potential to see in person and on dry land, Alki Point, I kept getting lost trying to get to it.
Since that first trip in 2004, I've seen maybe a total of...10-12 lighthouses, but they've all been on the West Coast. Not that it matters where they are. Hahaha. I've never been to the East Coast or the Gulf Coast or anything. Not because I don't want to but because of the length of a flight to get there. I'd LOVE to see the lighthouses in New England, but that's not likely to happen. If my before-mentioned lighthouse friend gets married and invites me to her wedding then I'll get a chance to see some of the North Carolina and Virginia lighthouses, but again, that's not likely to happen. Not because I don't think she'll get married, but because we're not really in a place right now where she'd even invite me.
But I digress. Lighthouses come in a variety of shapes and heights. Something that is popular to photograph is the stairs inside when the lighthouse is open to tours. Some lights are still active Coast Guard bases and are closed to the public while others are owned and operated by a private group and have tours all the time and then some lights are a combination of the two. So when you're able to actually go inside the tower and climb the stairs, it's popular to take pictures. Short lighthouses, like what are mostly found on the West Coast due to it's terrain, have shorter stairways
|Point Fermin, San Pedro, CA|
|Old Point Loma, San Diego, CA|
|Bodie Island--North Carolina|
|Hunting Island---South Carolina|
Well, that's it for now. I know this post wasn't very exciting, but I wanted to blog about something other than horses. My next blog post will likely be about lighthouses again with some of my own pictures and tales, but I'll also put in a little bit of horse talk since that's probably why most of you read my blog. :-)