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Rita Crane Photography: Forest Tapestry, Mendocino County

[Reposting a scene from Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. See photo processing tutorial on first page of comments.]

 

I was on a photo expedition one Spring taking pictures of vineyards in the late afternoon light. I turned around and my heart lit up at this old rural scene. The historic fence built out of redwood trees by early homesteaders years ago is something you can still find in this county -- where in many places it feels like time has stood still for decades.

 

I loved how the sun was playiing in the leaves with its golden light, turning this into a magical little scene that could have been from the late 1800's. The painter Corot created such vignettes of nature and inspired a whole generation of artists that would later come to be known as the Impressionists. But Corot's paintings - unlike the Impressionists - were still showing the romance of nature in a more realistic style. This scene just spoke to me of those kinds of paintings, and i had to photograph it. It also reminded me so much of those special moments when i was a child growing up in Switzerland and we used to walk in the country with my grandparents.

 

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Taken on April 16, 2010