- Posted August 2, 2014 by
San Anselmo, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The lure of lighthouses
Orca Watching At Lime Kiln Lighthouse
The Coast Guard automated the light in 1962 and in 1998 the drum lens was replaced with a modern optic, flashing every ten seconds at night. The navigational beacon at the top of the 55 foot tower is visible for 15 nautical miles.
The site is popular for viewing marine mammals from shore. These include porpoises, sea lions, seals and otters, but in particular the pods of resident orcas that frequent these waters from May to September and often come very close to shore. I was out in a rental boat sightseeing with friends a few summers ago when I took this image with a long zoom lens, set at a focal length of 350mm.
Photo: Ken Howard