Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Splashy Oregon Coast

Not quite done with my Oregon Coast recap!

One final post.....driving home from Bandon the following day, I took my time and revisited a couple of fave coastline spots.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Such as the Heceta Head Lighthouse, just north of Florence.  The most scenic lighthouse on the entire West Coast (IMHO).  An overlook directly off Hwy 101 provides photographers this iconic view.

Thor's Well

Then just a few miles further north, is the fabulous Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.  I spent lots of time here last year watching the waves pound this unique coastline.  Another stop was definitely in order.

Cook's Chasm and Spouting Horn

I didn't feel like hiking all the way down to water level, so this time I lingered on the overlook above.  A perfect place to take in all the wave action!

The tide was coming in fast and furious.  I had a great birds-eye view of famous "Thor's Well," a large circular opening in the rocky shoreline.  Incoming waves filled its void, then the water was dramatically sucked down with the outgoing sea.  A fascinating sight to see, I could've watched this cycle for hours.

Thar she blows!

Although Thor's Well was entertaining on its own, I was equally drawn to Cook's Chasm and it's famous "Spouting Horn."  With each incoming wave, seawater rushed down a narrow canyon.  An especially large wave would force water through an adjacent hole in the rock wall, until it sprayed up like a whale's spout.  Oh so fun to watch!  (And photograph too)

Big wave splash

Oh, it was a shame I had to go home....despite the noisy neighbors and warmer than usual weather, I'd had a great time exploring the Bandon area.  But I'd left this bit of paradise with fond memories and lots of photographs.

Now to catch up with all the fantastic wildflower hikes I've been doing lately!  :)

If you've missed any of my Spring 2016 Oregon Coast trip posts, here's all the links:

Weekend in Bandon
Fabulous Morning in Bandon
Cape Blanco Lighthouse and Another Sunset
Shore Acres State Park
The Best Sunset


  1. Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias deste mar fantástico.
    Um abraço.


  2. these are all great, but the first one is spectacular

  3. Hello, beautiful shots of the lighthouse and coastline. They all bring back memories of my trip there but your photos are prettier. Great post, thanks for sharing your trip! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  4. Hi! The lighthouse is very charming. The Thor's Well is very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

  5. How gorgeous, Linda! Wow, such a magnificent series!

  6. What a coastline. Didn't you just want to spend hours watching the ebb and flow of the tide?

  7. It would be mesmerising watching the rock's actions on the waves. Shot number one must surely be a post card.

  8. Linda your making me so jealous with these awesome photos of the Bandon area and beach. I miss the coast but am having a great time viewing your fantastic photos of it.

  9. Stunning scenery, what a wild coast.

  10. I have a friend who owns a vacation rental near Yachats. It's time to go back! Great lighthouse photo. I love that spot.

  11. A beautiful area you captured so well.
    I'm always saddened when leaving our gorgeous coastlines. But there's always tomorrow...
    Great post!

  12. I love revisiting these beautiful landscapes with you! Great photos, Linda.

  13. Fantastic sea scenes and I love the lighthouse as well

  14. Every now and then I go on to google maps and map out a driving route from Calgary to Bandon. Then I look at flights from Calgary to Portland and the drive from Portand to Bandon. It's on my list for one day. Your photos of that area area beautiful and enticing!

  15. "Thor's Well" What an interesting name! And what a stunning place. Gorgeous photos, Linda!

  16. We are state neighbors, I'm actually going to be in Oregon next week for a wedding. Our family went to Cannon Beach last year for our vacation and our son got married two years ago in Oregon and their reception was held at Multnomah Falls. It is such a pretty state I can see why you love taking pictures!
    Have a great weekend!

  17. I love that one shot of the overlook, it looks like you are up really high for that one. You make the Oregon coast look so amazing, I want to see it myself. Thor's Well is a kind of blow-hole in the rock I guess, really cool.

  18. You just give me more and more places to add to OR visits!

  19. Great photographs of a stunning coastline.

  20. The coast is gorgeous! I love watching the waves.


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