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Yerba Buena Lighthouse


Thought I’d try a more artistic rendering for today.  Sometimes when I don’t have any new pictures to work on, I find something that might lend itself to some textures and such.  All this while I watched last night’s recorded episode of The Voice.  LOL.  (You can read about the lighthouse below if you wish.)


This lighthouse sits on Yerba Buena Island between the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.  Yerba Buena was originally nicknamed “Goat Island” due to the Costanoan Indians who would herd goats on the island.  In 1873, the U.S. Army set up camp on the island, which ended up driving away the Indians (sadly).  In 1874, the Lighthouse Board set up a Lighthouse Depot on the island to maintain all the aids to navigation for the Bay Area.

The lighthouse was built in 1874, mainly to serve passenger boats and ferries between Oakland and San Francisco.  Once the Bay Bridge opened in the late 1930s, the decision was made to keep the lighthouse operational due to increased shipping traffic in the Bay.  To this day, the lighthouse still retains its original fourth-order Fresnel lens and is still an active aid to navigation. However, instead of a lighthouse keeper, the keeper’s dwelling is occupied by a Coast Guard Admiral.  Surprisingly enough, he is responsible for all of the aids to navigation for the San Francisco Bay area.  The lighthouse was automated in 1958.


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

48 thoughts on “Yerba Buena Lighthouse

  1. Pingback: Yerba Buena Lighthouse — Laura Macky Photography | O LADO ESCURO DA LUA

  2. Love the processing. Perfect for this photo.

  3. Wow, such beautiful processing! ❤️

  4. Excellent work and you had a very nice composition to start with.

  5. Definitely an artistic touch.

  6. The light on the lighthouse is wonderful, and your artistic touch is gorgeous!

  7. Beautiful edit!

  8. Lovely composition Laura 🙂

  9. Can’t read the text (eyes bad) but love the image that I can make out!

  10. You are blowing me away with this image!!! How you did this … beyond me. Awesome, incredible capture and then the editing is outstanding!!! Wow, Laura, just wow!! The Master Laura!!! 🙂 ❤

  11. Just beautiful Laura. I do love lighthouses.

  12. This looks like a painting. Beautiful light

  13. love it! and the story book feel!!

  14. Very Beautifully photographed!!! Nearly breath-taking.

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