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Rita Crane Photography: Cows & Barns along the Foggy Pacific Coast, Mendocino County

"Postcard from Mendocino" .... part of a set I'm currently uploading. A typical view along the road for you Flickr friends! Highway One in this rural part of the state of California is pretty much a winding mountain road. The land one goes through alternates between coastal farmland like this, forestland, or dramatic steep cliffs that drop straight into the sea. As I was driving north from the little hamlet of Gualala, I decided to stop and capture this pastoral scene, even though the last light of day set a somewhat (very) gloomy tone because of the heavy mist in the air. This is the normal "marine layer" that hovers along the entire coast of California if the right conditions exist. Inland however it is often sunny despite the fog on the coast.


Even though it was somewhat mournful looking, I loved the way the spare trees were sculpted by the wind, and the old homestead was slowly being taken over by vines. I could barely make out the ocean beyond the pasture, but could definitely hear the waves crashing against the shore. It was so very peaceful here, and the cows didn't pay attention to me at all. They were enjoying the young Spring grass - gifts from our last rain. Standing here, it felt as if the clock had turned back to the 19th century. The simplicity of it all was soothing.


Thanks so much for stopping by. I will be uploading these "Postcards of Mendocino" for a few more days, then will get back to you by visiting Your new posts. Have a great week!

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Taken on March 17, 2007