West Coast Lighthouses

I love the architecture of lighthouses and have done a number of prints from both the east and west coasts of the United States. As a wrap-up from the coastal theme over the last few weeks, I have attached some of my recent work from the west coast. Some of these lighthouses have been featured on past blogs, but these are all new prints of five of them. So, going south to north along the Oregon Coastline into Washington

The first one is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located on the southwestern coastline of Oregon. The lighthouse was built over a three year period and was opened in 1871. (For more info: Wikipedia)

Cape Blanco Lighthouse Watercolor

Moving north up the Oregon coastline, we encounter Umpqua Lighthouse. The first print is the top portion of Unpqua (I wanted to capture the red light light used as the beacon) and the second print is the lighthouse itself. The first Umpqua lighthouse was built in 1855 and was lit in 1857. It had to be replaced due to seasonal flooding with the current one, which was started in 1892 and first lit in 1894. (For more info: Wikipedia)

Umpqua Lighthouse Watercolor
Umpqua River Lighthouse Sketched

Still moving north along the Oregon coastline, we encounter Yaquina Head LIghthouse which is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon at 93 feet (28 m). It started operation in 1863. (For more info: Wikipedia)

Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Watercolor

Going further north along the Oregon coastline, we encounter Cape Mears. Cape Meares was built in 1890 to serve Tillamook Bay. In 1963 the original was demolished and replaced with the current tower. (For more info: Wikipedia)

Cape Meares Lighthouse in Watercolor

And last but not least on this little tour, we just cross the Columbia River into the state of Washington and find North Head Lighthouse. The North Head Lighthouse was constructed in 1897 to replace a prior lighthouse that couldn’t be seen by ships coming from the north. (For more info: Wikipedia)

North Head Lighthouse


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36 thoughts on “West Coast Lighthouses

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Wouldn’t that be fun….converting a lighthouse to living quarters. I love the architecture of them and they are each so unique!! Thanks for stopping by Brad! Have a great week!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I hear a road trip being contemplated!! A few years back, my wife and I decided to do a road trip along the coast of Northern California through Oregon into Washington. I loved exploring each and everyone of these places as I know you would. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much for your kind words…much appreciated!! I have a life long appreciation for the architecture of lighthouses and just hope my prints do them justice!! If nothing else….visiting each and everyone of them was awesome!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  1. milfordstreet

    These are really nice, Kirt. I enjoy how lighthouses serve the same function but can be designed so differently. You’ve done a great job capturing the interesting parts of them and processing them.

  2. D. Wallace Peach

    My husband and I did a lighthouse-viewing trip up the Oregon coast a couple of years ago, Kirt. These images brought back a lot of memories. I love the treatment of the images. The Yaquina and North Head are my favs. Beautiful.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you for your kind words Diana!! Much appreciated!! To me, the beauty of the Oregon coast typifies the surrounding elements for lighthouses!! Stunning structures…stunning coastline!!

  3. Sue Slaght

    What a gorgeous collection Kirt. Each unique and I notice quite a difference in height. Perhaps that is based on the topography of the location? Also am I correct in guess that at the top of each is a lightening rod?

  4. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    Kirt, what a wonderful collection! I really do love these. Lighthouses are so inspirational. The third one would make a beautiful Christmas card. I like all of them in different ways, but there’s something particularly appealing to me about the one near (next to last?) the end where I can see people inside. I like the way you’ve framed the composition, and that I can see hints of people. Sharing far and wide. Hugs on the wing.

  5. lorriebowden

    Thanks for the lighthouse tour, Kirt! I simply love them. I live near a lighthouse…in fact when I moved last year every time I drive into my complex I can see the lighthouse! It always makes me smile and it will never get old. If I travel and I know there is a lighthouse in the area, I will always go to see it. Your shots are beautiful!
    Have a great week ❤

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the kind words Lorrie. How cool that you live close to one!! Love it!! I have a fascination for them as well!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!


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