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A Light In The Darkness
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Lime Kiln Point lighthouse
Captured with a Canon 5D Mk II and a Canon EF 24-105/4L IS lens.
Lime Kiln Point State Park is a 36 acre day use state park on the western shore of San Juan Island in the San Juan archipelago of Washington. Lime Kiln Point State Park provides opportunities for hiking, sight-seeing, and orca watching. The park is considered one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas from a land-based facility. Due to the unique bathymetric properties of the site, visitors on the shore can be within 20 feet of whales jumping out of the water (breaching and spyhopping). As the name suggests, the park was the site of lime kilns beginning in 1860, and one kiln has been restored for public viewing and interpretation.
The park is open daily from 8:00 AM until dusk. It is supported in part by the Friends of Lime Kiln. Volunteers and marine naturalists are often onsite to assist and educate visitors.
The Lime Kiln light, a name derived from the lime kilns built nearby in the 1860s, was first established in 1914. It was the last major light established in Washington. The lighthouse was updated five years later with a 38-foot octagonal concrete tower rising from the fog signal building. A fourth-order Fresnel lens was first exhibited from the new tower on June 30, 1919. The Coast Guard automated the Lime Kiln Lighthouse in August 1962, using photoelectric cells to turn the light on at dusk and off during daylight hours. In 1998, the drum lens was replaced with a modern optic, flashing a white light once every 10 seconds. Sitting on the rocky shoreline at a height of 55 feet, the beacon is visible for 17 miles.
November 27th, 2011
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