Photo by E. Cooper

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the Point Reyes Lighthouse and National Seashore, which is located about 30 miles/ 48 km north of San Francisco, California.

Construction of the Point Reyes Lighthouse began in France in 1867. Its lenses were designed in 1823 by physicist, Augustin-Jean Fresnel.

a 375 millimeter Fresnel lens

Considered to be the windiest place on the Pacific Coast, Point Reyes is also foggiest from July through early September.

Coastal dunes at Point Reyes Headlands

On the postcard above, notice how no one’s around the lighthouse.

It’s making me nostalgic for more social times like when my family and I went there during Labor Day weekend in September 2017 and it looked like this:

September 2017

For more information:

Fresnel lenses – U.S. Lighthouse Society

Point Reyes – National Park Service

Point Reyes National Seashore Association

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt. Take care and stay safe!