The space between

In a previous post I wrote about our recent drive up Highway 1 as far as the Point Arena Lighthouse; but there were a few other, less well-known spots between Gualala and our ultimate turnaround point where we made brief stops for a quick look around. I’m sure we could have happily spent a lot more time at each one […]

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A Real Indication

I noticed that the BBC recently issued a “Last Normal Photo” challenge and are now sharing some of the results, so I decided to take a look back at my own images. These are some of the last photos I shot before we went into lockdown in mid March 2020. Nothing ominous here!

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Like a rock

Walking around on dredger tailings like the ones on Mississippi Bar, you see an awful lot of rocks. Most of them are pretty unremarkable at first glance; of course, you could spend a lifetime sifting through these rocks and finding interesting colors and shapes. Traveling over the rock piles can be tricky — if you don’t watch your step it’s […]

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Take me to the river

As much as I love walking along the shores of Lake Natoma, it does make me rather sad to think of how the American River once flowed freely there, before the construction of Folsom Dam and Nimbus Dam. Like so many of our Northern California rivers and creeks, it was a prime spawning area for wild salmon; now we have […]

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Saved by Zero

Much of Mineo Mizuno’s work centers around water, ranging from color-saturated teardrops to oval forms representing water drops, such as this one. Decorated with the Japanese character for zero, the calligraphy dissolves into a sublime surface pattern. For the artist, repeatedly painting the character is a meditative experience and connected to Zen principles — Crocker Art Museum information card Look […]

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In the pines

The trees along California’s north coast are beautiful… but you don’t normally find too many fish hiding in them. We were actually looking for access to the shore, which in this area means a rocky point where it’s relatively safe to stand, or maybe a small beach we might be able to climb down to without breaking our necks.┬áThere are […]

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