|A side view of the magnificent Fresnel lens at Yaquina Head Lighthouse.|
Our visit to the Oregon coast included a full three days at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. A regular ticket is good for three days, so we made the most of it by exploring Cobblestone Beach and its magical tidal pools, watching seals loll about in Quarry Cove at high tide, and marveling at the great rafts of common murre that fed and chatted just beyond the cliffs.
The lens, though, of Yaquina Head Lighthouse itself is worth a visit. Manufactured in Paris and shipped over in pieces, the Fresnel lens is a magnificent working piece of art atop this still functioning lighthouse. Assembled on location using brass nuts and bolts, no pieces have been replaced and only two have chips. Our guide informed us that these occurred during transport, not while it has been in use.