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Rita Crane Photography: Break in the Clouds, Mendocino Coast

After winding down along Highway One from Humboldt County through the Giant Redwood forests in Northern California, then entering Mendocino County from the north and continuing along a curvy inland road, all of a sudden one comes upon this magnificent view of the Mendocino Coast. Wild, rugged, undeveloped, the ocean and coast here speak directly to our heart.


This coastline is protected from excessive development -- hotels, motels, condominiums, and proliferation of MacMansion type vacation homes -- by the California Coastal Commission. As a result, visitors who want to brave this exquisite stretch of Highway One (which is a winding mountain road along the edge of the continent) can enjoy its natural beauty. For this privilege we have a handful of forward looking people who lived in Mendocino in the early 70's to thank. The artist Emmy Lou Packard, a friend of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, was the inspiration behind this effort. She and a few friends initiated the preservation of the coastal areas in California, starting with the headlands of Mendocino, not far from where this photo was taken. For this I salute them!!


We live in a magical world, full of precious beauty. If we protect nature, we can live in this Paradise forever. Here are a few excellent resources about renewable energy: ,, and

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Taken on February 1, 2007