The light station sits on top of a peninsular moro (dome formation) of Franciscan greenstone. I took a picture of the moro on my iPhone as we drove out to it.
You park at beautiful beaches and hike up with a docent.
You need a boat to visit most of Big Sur's beaches. Most of them are inaccessible by land due to geography or private property rights, or both. The beaches themselves are public property, and once you are on them, you are perfectly entitled to be there.
According to the docent, we visited on an uncommonly lovely day for the walk up. The road is narrow and its edges are crumbling. I would not want to drive it, although the coast guard, docents and other light station volunteers do.
We saw remnants of earlier catastrophes. I believe this one involved removing a very heavy, old generator.
The station comes in to view soon enough.
I saw a lot of the usual coastal flora--Artemesia pycnocephala, Salvia mellifera, Astragalus leucopsis, Eriophyllum staechadifolium. I mistook this plant for some kind of euphorbia, and was surprised to see euphorbia.
It's stock (Matthiola incana), introduced long ago by former light station keepers.
There was a lot of Dudleya farinosa.
And one remarkable specimen of poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) growing in the rock.
Anyway, back to the light station...
The clay brick interior was originally painted with lead paint; it had to be removed. The light station's committee for historical accuracy has not settled on what lead-free paint would be an acceptable compromise.
California's lighthouse interior structures were built from kits, like Ikea furniture.
Point Sur originally used a first-order Fresnel lens, but that's a display piece now and the Coast Guard uses this modern, mechanical contraption instead.
Since sailors today rely on GPS technology, I say re-install the Fresnel lens using some modern mechanical innovations to make it more practical to operate. Of course, that would cost a lot of money, I'm sure.
This is a much-smaller, fourth-order lens from somewhere else.
It works like this.
An that's it. Now I'm at that point in the blog post where I'm looking for a graceful way out...
How about another look at that beach?
How about a bunny rabbit? Any takers for the bunny rabbit?
That's all I've got!