When I saw this photo, I had to post it. The location is Ecola State Park on the northern Oregon Coast. It’s also where I proposed to my wife, after taking her on a hike to a secluded little cove. (I thought maybe if I tired her out first, she might say yes. It worked.)
We sat on a flat boulder and looked south to exactly the view in that wallpaper. Looking straight out to sea, we saw this:
(photo by J. Young)
Well, not quite like that — the day I proposed was indeed gray and cloudy, but there was no winter storm brewing up massive waves. (She might not have said yes if I’d taken her out in something like that.) But Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was also known as Terrible Tilly for precisely the reason you see in this photo. Isolated on a speck of rock, pounded by winter waves that regularly smashed the glass in the lantern room, it was one of the most difficult posts in the entire US coastline. And as you’d expect, it has quite a history.