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Rita Crane Photography: Winter Storm, Shining Waves, Mendocino (dedicated to Rosa) | by Rita Crane Photography
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Rita Crane Photography: Winter Storm, Shining Waves, Mendocino (dedicated to Rosa)

Where the Navarro River meets the Pacific there is a dramatic view of seastacks that stretch out into the distance. This is the wild northern California coast, an area that is still largely undeveloped because there is no major highway leading to it. One can approach this place by a winding, narrow mountain road that stretches for miles along the ocean, passing through coastal farmland, sheep and cow grazing, or rising along the steep cliffs' edge. Or one can arrive here from inland across a small mountain range on a twisting turning road that goes along the river through redwood forest. Either way, the journey is well worth it, as the Pacific here is wild and free and the air is the sweetest of any place that I know!


A very sparsely populated area and truly remote, those of us that choose to live here are a community of individuals who cherish the wild places and make an effort to protect this treasure, Mendocino, so that others can visit here to be nourished and inspired by its beauty for many generations to come.


To help protect life on Earth, we all need to focus and work together to retool our economies and develop new ways to fuel our everyday life activities with energy that is sustainable for the planet. Here are several excellent and helpful resources on line: and


This picture is dedicated to an inspiring flickr friend and poet, Rosa, who has been requesting images of my home place. She feels the energy from the photos of Mendocino, and wanted more!!! :-) For those who don't know her, Rosa leaves comments in the form of delicate and deeply felt poems. You can read her words and see her unique images here:


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Taken on October 20, 2004