Monday, July 6, 2009

Yaquina Head 6" x 7" acrylic


Today's daily painting is of the 93 foot Yaquina Lighthouse tower which is located on a narrow point of land jutting due west into the Pacific Ocean 5 miles north of Newport, Oregon. Winds and rain have hammered this lighthouse since its beginning in 1872. It took approximately one year, and over 370,000 bricks to construct Oregon's tallest lighthouse. The light has been active since Head Keeper Fayette Crosby walked up the 114 steps to light the wicks on the evening of August 20, 1873. At that time the oil burning fixed white light was displayed from sunset to sunrise. Today, the fully automated first order Fresnel lens runs on commercial power and flashes its unique pattern of 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off, 2 seconds on, 14 seconds off, 24 hours a day. The oil burning wicks have been replaced with a 1000 watt globe that, according to the US Coast Guard generates over 130,000 candlepower.
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