John & Anne Wiley

2016/04/28

Anacapa Light

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 23:28

The light out at Anacapa Island is often too harsh for our cameras to handle in flight, because we can’t use modern tricks like “HDR” at the high speeds required. So I was pleased to capture at least an impression of the range between shaded dark rock cliffs and the brilliant white on the bird rock arch offshore.

4421 White, Dark & Light

4421 White, Dark & Light

Notice how different the water surface looks between the right and left, due to the ubiquitous wind out there. Wind and waves would make it challenging but I’d love to kayak around the small rock spire, “blade” and arch.

4424 Small Spire, Blade & Arch

4424 Small Spire, Blade & Arch

The larger rock arch is even more fascinating to me, including the small sea cave you can see in the above pic. In this next one you get a sense of how the waves and currents would be affected not just by winds, waves and currents, but the varying depth.

4426 Anacapa Arch

4426 Anacapa Arch

The trusty old Anacapa Lighthouse adds an illusion of safety in these waters that can transform in minutes, from an expansive bucolic calm to a foggy maelstrom or hailing hurricane. update: I found the “MANIC1” weather station online and verified the coordinates as near the light (probably atop that adjacent square tower), so I’ve posted the link for future reference.

4430 Anacapa Lighthouse

4430 Anacapa Lighthouse

That first pic showing all of the arches and rocks plus some smaller rocks off the point, amply demonstrates the good reasons a lighthouse was built there.

 

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