Monthly Archives: September 2016

Looking Down the Grays Harbor Lighthouse

Looking Down

Looking down the stairs that lead to the top of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse

When the subject of a lighthouse comes up most people think of the large tower type lighthouse, and if you are on the east coast of the United States that would fit the bill perfectly. What most people might not realize is that on the west coast most of the lighthouses are generally much shorter and not always even a tower. I love the tower style lighthouses and even though I live on the west coast I am fortunate to have one of the best within an hour of my house. I am speaking of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse.

The Grays Harbor Lighthouse, which is located in Westport, WA is the tallest lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest, and at 107 feet tall it is the third tallest on the west coast.  It has been in continuous operation since 1898 and the original third order Fresnel Lens was used until 1992 when it was replaced with a more modern and more powerful light.  You might remember a recent image / blog post where I shared an image of original lens being lit, they do it a few times each year.

You probably won’t remember, but back in 2013 I shared an image looking up through the spiral staircase towards the top of the lighthouse.  Today I am sharing an image of the opposite perspective, this is taken from the top of the 135 steps shooting back down towards the ground.

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Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Tourists enjoying an eruption of the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Summer is officially over, the leaves are just starting to turn and there is a definite chill in the air every morning. Sadly, I still have a lot of images from our early summer vacation to Yellowstone National Park that I haven’t had time to process and share, and this image of Old Faithful is one of them.

We visited the Old Faithful area twice on our trip, the first visit was very early in the vacation and the skies were overcast that day, and while it was still enjoyable to watch the geysers in the basin do their thing, it wasn’t very dramatic looking when you had the water and steam with a gray sky background.  We decided to stop by for one more show on the day we left the park, and were treated to blue skies and a nice eruption.

It’s no wonder that so many people visit Yellowstone, and it is also no wonder that the most visited area in the park is Old Faithful.

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