We circled the Point Conception Lighthouse again a few days ago, and on the way out West I captured this glorious light in the water.
Clear air, angle of sun, iridescent reflection of sky, reddish sand, bright green seaweed, and a hint of Bahamas turquoise water – all conspired to paint this moment on our magical Light Flight.
I managed to get permission for this normally forbidden view of the lighthouse from offshore. Few people even see this light, and fewer still from this perspective.
I was able to snap many views of the point, the light, and the rarely seen sea caves.
From the jagged point to the old light foundation, “new” light, telecom hut, and keepers quarters, to the hidden protected cove, this place has powerful charm.
I circled several times to be in position for this eight foot wave’s arrival at one of the caves. It’s rare to have such a relatively calm sea with almost no wind or turbulence and such clear air. Quite a treat to get permission for this perspective in such idyllic conditions.
Then we saw new sights along a route new for us, almost direct from the point to nearby Lompoc. Back when swimming pool filters used diatomaceous earth, this quarry near the outskirts was alive with activity. Now the remains of ancient microscopic diatoms are bathed by today’s light, revealing new shapes and colors in the often silent dig. After a stretch break, Tripp lifted us back into the clear air and we turned toward home.
In the warm glow of approaching sunset we passed this derelict retreat center in the hills six miles or so East of Lompoc. Shadows and light, colors and textures together evoked a meditative quality for me as we passed.