Unfortunately, I did not arrive at Point Arena Lighthouse before they closed the gates. I had to photograph this from outside the fence. This lighthouse was where I first got my “lighthouse bug”. I had visited here before and was on a tour of the lantern room. It had black curtains all around the room. I asked the tour guide why and he said the Fresnel lens was so powerful if the sun came through the room and hit the lens it could magnify the light so strong it could start a fire in the grass surrounding the lighthouse tower. I was fascinated by that fact and began researching about lighthouses. I was hooked.