Cannon Beach is a beautiful spot on the Oregon Coast. It is one of the many “entrances” to the Pacific Ocean along the coast.
Its major landmarks are the rocks and the beach you see above. What you see is “Haystack Rock” and “The Needles”. Needles and a haystack – get it? If this view looks familiar to you but you’ve never been to the Oregon Coast, then you’ve seen films like The Goonies or Kindergarten Cop. Both films feature Haystack Rock.
Kindergarten Cop hobbles together a bunch of scenes that are all supposedly in Astoria, OR, but in reality are three different areas – Cannon Beach, the highway to Seaside, OR, and Astoria itself. The Goonies also purports that Cannon Beach and Astoria are situated right next to each other. Astoria and Cannon Beach, in reality are twenty-five miles apart (40 kilometers). It’s as though Hollywood producers figure that most people will never go to the coast and will never be able to tell.
Here’s another, similar view of Cannon Beach. It’s a panorama put together from four different photographs. Click on it and you ‘ll get a much wider view of the beach.
My daughter, above, and I have had some fun during this holiday. She is certainly becoming a big girl and I’m a lucky dad. I just hope that, years from now, we’re still best friends like we were this last week.
The shot above was taken at Cannon Beach, Oregon – Haystack Rock is in the background.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f11; ISO 100; 1/320 sec.
The B Family is almost done a week-long run along the Oregon Coast and I thought it would be appropriate to share a religious moment: Haystack Rock. See, when I grew up there were these two movies, Goonies and Kindergarten Cop, wherein Haystack Rock featured. The image of this rock, and its accompanying “needles”, has been burned into my wife’s and my brain to the extent that we both squealed when we came off the US 101 highway and first saw Haystack Rock in the distance.
As we giggled and grinned at each other our kids looked at us, then each other, and had a good laugh at us. When we tried to explain to them why this rock was making us silly, they stared at us with even more wonder. They were impressed with the beach, but our strange fascination with the rock, well I don’t think they will ever get that.
Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; f11; ISO 100; 1/200 sec.