Coquille River Light
Bullard's Beach, Bandon, Oregon.
The Coquille River was seen as an opportunity for vessels to carry timber harvest out of the interior in the late 1800's. A jetty was built to overcome the sandbar at the river's mouth, and a light helped ships hover until the tides allowed passage upstream. Decommissioned and in dire disrepair, the light was restored in 2007. Sunrise had been a bust at Bandon Beach, and I left in disgust with the incoming weather. But a short ways away, on a bluff overlooking the river, the light, and Bullard's Beach stretching north towards Cape Arago, a brief window of sunlight raked the scene, giving me a few minutes of wonderful light.