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The Real Lighthouse
The Real Trinidad Lighthouse
The Trinidad Memorial lighthouse has been featured often on these pages. Probably one of my favorite photos of the Memorial Lighthouse is this one that was used as a holiday card recently. Apparently though there is a functioning lighthouse out on Trinidad Head that the public can only see and access one day a year. Well, this was that day.
As you can see the functioning lighthouse is not too far from the memorial lighthouse, and is a nice 20 minute hike from Trinidad Harbor, though the trail to the lighthouse is closed for most of the year. The lighthouse is the same size as the Memorial one, meaning quite small, but is fully automated. Two people on/in the lighthouse proves to be cramped, and the entries are a little tight, but you get an excellent view of water. From the lighthouse, looking inland, you can see a cabin right on the edge of the Head where the fog horn is.
Fog Horn Cabin
The trail leading down to this cabin is rightfully closed to the public as it doesn't look to be the safest route, but it made for a good picture, and with the nice clear water you could almost mistake this for a nice bungalow on some tropical island. I said almost.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …
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