It is true that the Haystack Rock is the iconic landmark of Cannon Beach, and its most recognizable spot – the one that has been photographed numerous times. If you google the spot, a lot of images will come up with the dramatic rock formations in magic light hours, either at sunrise or sunset. And you feel you want this scenic paradise all to yourself without the crowds of visitors – just you and the Haystack in its morning glory. Leave your hotel just before the sunrise and make your way down to the beach in anticipation that the place will be entirely yours.
Surprisingly, you may not be the only one there. You see people on a bike ride, some are enjoying an air bath, some are in a bird catching mood, and others are going for a selfie.
There are quite a few photographers out there as well as paparazzi that are eager to snap a candid shot if they’re lucky.
The beach is slowly being flooded with the soft diffused morning light. The sun is rolling up high in the sky and the spot is getting more and more alive.
It’s a low tide time and the rock edges emerge from the water exposing a diverse hidden life – sea stars, anemone, crabs, and other colorful creatures that consider these rocks to be their home. This is the best time for the beach explorers to be up close and personal but without disturbing the marine life.
Early mornings with sunrises and low tides are those special moments on Cannon Beach that deserve a special spot in your list of activities. Then it’ll be time to go back to guilty pleasures of life like leisure beach moments or a good brunch.