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Rita Crane Photography: Cypress Sunset Along Navarro Ridge, Albion (Mendocino County)

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description: Years ago when I first drove north along Pacific Coast Highway to visit Mendocino, I was stunned by the species of cypress that grew along the roadways and in front of old homesteads. Intense and powerful, these wild looking trees came to symbolize everything I loved about Mendocino's rugged coast as I'd never seen them anywhere else before. Here's their botanical description from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monterey_cypress and their close cousins, found only in a few biomes along the Mendocino coast: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendocino_cypress


This image was taken in the middle of the summer. The sun doesn't set in the West this time of year, like it does now for example (see The Road Home, Mendocino - my previous post on Flickr) ..... Rather, this view - facing the setting sun - is to the Northwest, where during high Solstice time the sun travels over the Pacific. In the bright summer afternoon light the ocean's surface becomes a blinding shining mirror. If the air is full of mist we get a most blazing glaring white sky too that takes three pairs of sunglasses to soften. !! :-)


Also, by this time of year California hills have turned characteristically golden. The juicy bright green grass that grew during the Winter and Spring rains has gotten its summer coat of soft earthy gold by May or so, and now catches the sunset's fiery glow, turning rosy and peachy. For those of us who love wilderness and nature's colors it is endlessly beautiful here. And for those of you who like history, here's a fun informative read about California en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California


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Taken on June 18, 2006