John & Anne Wiley

2014/11/29

Light

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.

8058 Water & Light

8058 Water & Light

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.

8071 Forbidden Light

8071 Forbidden Light

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.

8093 Point Conception Light

8093 Point Conception Light

I was able to snap many views of the point, the light, and the rarely seen sea caves.

8136 Point Conception

8136 Point Conception

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.

8169 Calm Day

8169 Calm Day

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.

8213 Ancient Light

8213 Ancient Light

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.

8295 Evening Light

8295 Evening Light

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.

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