Thursday, April 26, 2012

Point Reyes Lighthouse

So full disclosure right away... you will not see any photos of the lighthouse! Because of the crowds, you must catch a shuttle bus during peak hours to see it. The stairs to the lighthouse are only open between something like 9:30 AM to 4 PM. We assumed we would still be able to see the lighthouse from a distance as we were driving through the fog at about 6:30 PM last Saturday. Turns out we were wrong. But the good news... the short hike to the lighthouse is full of interesting things to photograph, as is all of Point Reyes! Actually, I'm having a hard time organizing all my photos and trying to figure out which to share... there are so many! I guess that's a good problem to have.
Adjacent to the parking lot is a short trail leading to this incredible lookout. Sheer, steep cliffs with scary drop-offs and incredible views (when not fogged in!).
Walking up toward the lighthouse through the fog

Interesting how all the trees lean due to the constant strong winds. Also, and you have to be there to experience this, but it was only raining under the trees! Somehow the trees manage to capture the moisture in the air and there was constant dripping directly under the trees... crazy!
The natural beauty in the Point Reyes area is really incredible. If you ever have a chance to visit, please don't miss the opportunity. You won't be disappointed!!
Linking to a foggy Skywatch Friday and
Friday's Fences. Have a great weekend!

35 comments:

  1. these are wonderful and mysterious. LOVE those trees!

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  2. great fence/fog photos...I saw the dutch girl with the dairy cows and thought of Sarah and how much so would have loved all those bovine - she would say "that's my girl" watching her daughter enjoying feeding them
    interesting trees, looks like a great day with the camera

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  3. These are incredibly beautiful photos! First of all, I LOVE the fence. I can just imagine the sheer drop beyond it. The fog and the the shapes of the trees make it all looks so eerie, like a dream. I love it!

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  4. Love it, what a wonderful misty place to walk. Great trees, the stuff to fuel the imagination.

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  5. oh you caught the "fog" which is ever present. love the fog shots.

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  6. Beautiful photos - looks like a walk I'd like to take!

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  7. Wow! Fantastic shots. Love the effect the fog produces.
    (I take your word that the lighthouse is there somewhere :-)

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  8. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. love the shot of the fog and gail under the trees..very ethereal. love it!

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  10. Beautiful pictures with a lot of atmosphere.Number 3 and 4 are my favorites. Keep on clicking.

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  11. Your entire post is awesome. The fence shot made my toes grab the carpet. I have a fear of heights. ;) You are posting about my favorite vacation spot, but haven't been in 10 years. I'll come back when I have more time to read more posts.

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  12. what great views. i love the mysterious views. so great but creepy too. (:

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  13. Wow, these are all fantastic. Something about foggy days that adds to the beauty of a photo.

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  14. these are amazing photos! the trees and fog photos are gorgeous--mysterious and beautiful. and i love the sensation of being on the edge with the wooden fence. great post!

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  15. I can't decide whether the first shot or the third is my favourite! I do love those trees, and the colours are just so beautiful, but I love the view past that old fence...

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  16. Wow such a beautiful place and love these shots!

    SWF

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  17. Even though I'm a "sunlight" girl....These fog pics are OUTSTANDING!!! super cool!!

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  18. These are absolutely wonderful!

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  19. Intriguing photos. Super! =)

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  20. oh my goodness..the beauty is amazing! wow..what a powerful place! your photos are great!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back yard if you can.

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  21. These are beautiful shots! That fence doesn't look very sturdy for what I imagine is a steep drop on the other side!

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  22. They are all so wonderful pictures .. they have a wow effect :)

    Sorry to ask here .. but you said at my contribution of SkyWatch that you understand why I got a years-worth .. I am not sure I know what that is? and where do I see those information??
    You made a comment and said it here: http://www.starone.dk/b4/?page_id=257
    Thank you so much for visiting :D

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  23. What great shots! Fog can be a lot of fun to walk in - but not drive in!

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  24. Love those beautiful foggy shots of the lean trees.

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  25. oh, these are wonderful. Especially like the magic of the 2nd to last photo--with the light, fog, old trees and the path.

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  26. Great stuff - love the bit about how the trees absorb and release the rain

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  27. Hi there - great set of pictures - just goes to show you don’t have to have 'golden hour' light to make good images. I also like the fences - nice to see they have not been replaced with huge metal ones.

    The fog reminds me of the day we drove to the top of Mt. St. Helens - we could see nothing at all! Kept thinking "we may get above the clouds soon" but we never did - still it was a good day.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  28. Fantastic photos! Full of "mood".

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  29. Absolutely stunning! I love the fencing and the sheer drama, really beautiful. Then we have those beautiful trees. I love your photos.

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  30. Always loved to walk on foggy days... Thanks for sharing these shots... It's been a long time since I've been to the coast.

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  31. Beautiful trees, and amazing photos!

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  32. How nice! I was here last summer...along with the fog, too! Beautiful spot for photography! Thanks for stopping by.

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  33. What a beautiful, yet mysterious place with the fog and drop offs. I am always amazed how well nature can adapt to certain areas with particular challenges that aren't man induced. Thank you for linking up to Nature Notes..you take wonderful photos...Michelle

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