Family vacation for summer 2010 was Depoe Bay, Oregon — centered on the beautiful coast of the state. Oregon’s coast is brutally magnificent, with harsh cliffs, pebbled beaches and stark contrasts. The beach towns that dot the landscape each has its own character (or characters in the case of the sea lions).

These are some of the best photos I think I have ever taken. Each one tells a story, so spend some time here. And then spend some time on the Oregon coast yourself.

The settings include Depoe Bay, Newport, Neskowin, Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Lincoln City.