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Friday, August 24, 2007

Oregon Coast







Lots of beautiful scenery along the Oregon coast. Plenty of light houses also.
The panographic shot was made of five images blended with a program called "autostitch". A must for photographers and hobbyists. Click images for a larger picture.




Yaquina Head Lighthouse

The tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast at 93 feet, it is a sibling to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California and Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina. The light shines 162 feet above the ocean and can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The tower, made from 370,000 bricks from San Francisco, is double walled for insulation and dampness protection.
Ships passing close to Yaquina Head have reported their compasses going awry. While eerie, there is a simple explanation. There is a vein of magnetized iron in the outcropping on which the lighthouse sits. If a ship passes too close, a traditional compass will not give an accurate reading. A webcam is available here.


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