Highway 101 passes Hecata Head and crosses a river before entering a tunnel through the cliffs. The bridge is a pretty elegant structure. Unfortunately, winter is not a good time to try and photograph it. It is tucked in amongst the hills and the sun will only be on it when in the west and probably only in the middle of summer when it gets a lot further north. I had to work with what we had in the shade. Playing around with exposures and working with some HDR processing did allow me to bring a bit more punch to the shots which I felt represented more of what I actually saw while I was there.
Head south along the coast from Yachats and you have a steady stream of gorgeous locations. One of these is Hecata Head. The treacherous nature of this part of the Oregon coastline means a string of lighthouses were built at intervals to ensure coverage and Hecata Head was one of those locations. The lighthouse is still there and it a popular tourist attraction.
You approach the lighthouse from the beach below, as would the original residents in the days when Highway 101 didn’t exist and boat access was the main way there. The houses for the keeper and assistant keeper were halfway between the beach and the lighthouse itself. The keeper’s house is now gone but the assistant keeper’s house is still there and is fully maintained. You can rent it out for events if you wish.
The location of the lighthouse itself provides a commanding view of the coastline and out to sea. Whales migrate along the coastline here and there were people keeping watch for them while we were there. If you head a bit further south on the highway, you get to an overlook which allows you to see back to the lighthouse and you see just how rugged the location is. I imagine building everything there was no small feat and neither was living there year round.