Yaquina Head Lighthouse - Newport, Oregon

The Oregon Coast measures 363 miles and is some of the most beautiful in the US with its magnificent sea stacks, beaches and rocky promenades. One thing that has always surprised me about it was the relatively low number of lighthouses that are located on the coast. I have also wondered about the lack of cities along the coast. I am sure there are lots of reasons that make that so, but I found out one reason from a local on my recent trip there. It seems that the Pacific Ocean waters are not very deep close to the shoreline, making it very dangerous for large shipping vessels to dock there.

That being said, there are still some gorgeous lighthouses that are found on the coast. One of my favorites is this one,Yaquina Head Light. The lighthouse is the tallest in Oregon, measuring 93 feet tall and is located north of Newport on Yaquina Head. On the morning that I captured this image, I literally had the whole place to myself. I couldn't believe it, as Newport is one of the more populated parts of the Oregon Coast. I wasn't complaining, as the early morning sun bathed the lighthouse and the wild grasses with golden light.