UPDATE: This image was featured in the August 2009 issue of Popular Photography Magazine. It was selected 1st in the "Your Best Shot" contest.
On the last morning of my stay in Redding California, Chaybert (Brian Rueb) picked me up from my hotel before sunrise. It was extremely foggy with some slight drizzle in the air. Brian said he didnt have long so he'd take me to a local spot "not too far". He was extremely secretive about the location and he might of threatened to blindfold me if it hadnt been for the intense fog that shrouded the entire area keeping me from establishing any landmarks during the journey.
We weaved through a few side streets then jumped on a freeway (I-5 I think) for a few minutes then off and onto a side road. Next, he said "normally I climb through the blackberry bushes..." and points to a 20 foot thick wall of skin ripping sticker bushes..."but then I found this path...and it's an easy hike to the water." I sighed with relief.
We walked about a quarter mile to these rocky shapes that had clearly been carved out by water and time. The fog still hung low to the river so we quickly picked some compositions and starting shooting. I really liked how the distant trees looked sillouetted in the fog so I was sure to include them. The fresh green moss wasnt as slippery as it looked but we still stepped cautiosly from rock to rock just in case.
As we wrapped up, the fog began to lift and the mysterious feeling of this place began to dissapate. Walking back to the car, I wondered if Brian might club me or slip a black tied bag over my head to ensure I wouldnt be able to identify the location of these river tiles and share with others. He didn't, and I swear I don't really know where this place is...HAHAHA