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The entrance to the Pacific: Cannon Beach style

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.

Silly producers.

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.

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10 responses

  1. Your photographs are spectacular! The bottom one is really mystical. Thanks for the bit of movie knowledge. I love the Oregon coast, I have to visit again someday.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    • No problem. Movie knowledge is but one of many services I offer.

      August 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

  2. It’s always great to get the information behind the photograph….

    August 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

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  4. both of the shots are lovely, i really like the top one though
    it’s got a lot of feeling & i like the composition

    August 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    • Yeah, I like that one too. I left the bottom one’s alone, almost entirely, because I put them into a panorama. It’s got a bit of a misty, mystic look, but the top one gets the feel of what I saw when I was there.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

  5. Your photos are always spectacular and this is one stunning entrance.

    August 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

    • Thanks so much. I’d shoot the photos anyway, but your compliments make it worthwhile to post.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

  6. gorgeous. i love the names – very poetic.

    August 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    • Yes, the names amuse me a little every time I see them written.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm