Thor’s Well, Cape Perpetua, Oregon
Thor’s Well is one of the most unique features one can find on the central Oregon Coast. Located at the water’s edge of an old lava flow at the base of Cape Perpetua south of Yachats, the ocean has bored an underwater tunnel into the rock over time. The resulting “well” accordingly fills with water and empties itself repeatedly as the tide comes in, providing a spectacle unlike too many others. When the skies are right it’s downright spectacular. On this occasion I found a little bit of color just after sunrise, but this spot probably is best as the sun is sinking into the horizon. At any time, however, the ebb and flow of the tide and its waves provides a riveting sight that you will not likely soon forget. Credit goes to Darren White, an outstanding Northwest landscape photographer, for the moniker, which came about barely five years ago.