Tag Archives: Oregon Coast

Cape Mears Lighthouse

They always suggest to photographers that you return to places numerous times, the idea being you could improve on the images you got the last time around, or the conditions will/could be different, thereby giving you another perspective on what you already have. Sure, why not?  Plus, I like going to most of those places anyway.  I think I have shown this lighthouse before, but its been awhile.  So to keep you from searching through all of those old files, here we go again.  The road out to this lighthouse has not improved, but then most roads along our coast are high maintenance anyway.  It used to be a loop road, and you could take in other sights on the return trip, but mountain roads being what they are, it has caved off and fallen away in spots making portion impassable.  There is one way in and out now.  It is still a nice location, and if you like birds, there are about 4 or 5 different kinds that frequent this area.  Puffins, cormorants and other sea birds not normally sited along the beaches. There are guides on the weekends to explain everything and provide binoculars and telescopes to watch the neighbors.  And being high above the water, you can usually see more.  One family was able to see some whales swimming around below the lighthouse.  They are always gone by the time I get there, so I do not have any images of them playing.  There is no charge to site see or park at this park.

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Sun and Surf

OK, sun, but no surf.  Well, the surf was there, but we were not in it.  I’m not a water dog, so, I’m content to watch all of the others participate in the experience.  We had friends from outside the U.S. visiting, and as typical for the west coast beaches, choosing a day at the beach is like playing the lottery.  You may be lucky, and then again………….so we tossed a coin and headed out.  The day was great!  The sun was good without be scorching, the tide was headed out, so it was low on the sand, we were early enough to get there before lots of crowds.  Even shared the sand with some folks on horseback.  Those of you from the Pacific Northwest will recognize this as Cannon Beach and/or Haystack Rock.  Like I said, the tide was headed out, so the surf was low and not real active, but very nice.  The sound of the waves was very soothing and great to hear again.  (I grew up near the beach)  You can see we were not the only ones out to enjoy the sand in our shoes.  Along with the horses, I like to watch the children explore the beach and all it has to offer.  I’m not sure what the kids found in the creek bed, but it didn’t seem to interest the sea gulls in the least.   We didn’t make it to the tide pools this time around, but will save that for the next trip.  I’m sure that a lot of pixels were used this week at the beach, it was great for photos.  The panoramic shot was taken from just south of Cannon Beach near the top of Neahkahnie Mountain, looking south toward Manzanita at the bottom of the mountain on the beach.   Farther to the south, are Oceanside and Cape Lookout, way in the distance.   Great day for sightseeing!  Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.