• Beautiful garden gate and grounds of the Mendocino Cafe in Mendocino California. A great place to enjoy a delicious organic meal - from their terrace or in their dining room. Owned & lovingly operated for over 25 years by a local family.
  • www.mendocinocafe.com/

Garden Glimpse, Mendocino Cafe / Rita Crane Photography

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In Mendocino people lovingly take care of their gardens and the Mendocino Cafe is no exception. [See notes on the photo for more info.] Every once in a while there's a scene that says "Spring is here!" and this little path, the flowers, the luminous sunlight, the glimpse of the tranquil blue Bay...all seemed to be celebrating the sense of renewal that emerges so miraculously from winter. Living along the Pacific coast where we often have misty mornings because of the marine layer that rolls in and out between land and sea, to have such a clear sunny morning is truly special! Just pristine fresh air, a gorgeous luminosity, a view to the ocean and flowers singing praises to it all. Magical for sure!

I added a couple layers/textures to the original image, which you can see below. Although I loved the original, there is something so enchanted about this scene that I thought to emphasize that magical quality: I used one rosy-golden layer of slight texture by Borealnz, and another, more ochre/yellow looking texture by Bocaccino.

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  1. B℮n 23 months ago | reply

    Beautiful entry gate~!!

    have a great week~!

  2. wbirt1 23 months ago | reply

    Both images are gorgeous. I love the way you've framed the ocean through the gate.

  3. Tam*Tam 23 months ago | reply

    Oh! How beautiful and inviting photograph! Love that framed door and view behind it!
    Here starts dream :-)
    Excellent photograph!

  4. Ian@NZFlickr 23 months ago | reply

    Charming little cameo

  5. toughsl 23 months ago | reply

    Stunning - looks like a lovely spot.

  6. Fantasyfan. 23 months ago | reply

    Such romantic place

  7. Miky ZH 23 months ago | reply

    ¡¡Qué belleza!!!!!

  8. tsuping.liu 23 months ago | reply

    Excellent image.

  9. maxim de winter.............#M4M 23 months ago | reply

    a beautiful edition, Rita
    the door leads us to a lovely scenery by the sea
    kind regards

  10. Vadiroma 23 months ago | reply

    Very nice place for a city dweller to have a rest and dine. Beautiful scenery and gate.

  11. Duarja 22 months ago | reply

    wonderful shot!!

  12. ...arpi... 22 months ago | reply

    looks so inviting

  13. GlixPix 22 months ago | reply

    Magnificent image with startling tonal quality and clarity. Great work!

    award oracles 25c

  14. S A D E [deleted] 22 months ago | reply

    A gate to paradise, what a marvelous work you did here Rita,
    mesmerizing in every way !!!

  15. Impatience_1 (rarement présente) 20 months ago | reply

    * * * * * * * * *INVITATION * * * * * * * * * *

    Votre photo est superbe et j'aurais plaisir
    à l'admirer dans notre groupe

    ♥♥ Mes Favoris "Coup de cœur" ♥♥

  16. giorgosgrigoriadis16 14 months ago | reply

    Fantastic work , amazing beautiful scene !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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