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Rainfall on the Smith River

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 5 October 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is the northern most major river in coastal California. Here, just above the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State & National Parks.

[notebook]: This image was loaded before I left on my trip to Oregon. Ironically - as I drove along this same stretch on Friday - it was raining heavily. The rain was so heavy - I couldn't have taken a photograph if I'd wanted to. This is rare this early into the wet season. Major rains don't usually fall on California until well into November.

I was thrilled at the imagery I captured these past two days. I hope to begin sharing them here - beginning Monday. It is good to be home. As I type this - it is raining heavily on my living room window in San Francisco.

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Daily Phototherapy from Sacramento, United States

Great composition. The river makes it inviting and interesting.

5 Oct 2008 5:10am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Wave is really interesting on this shot.

5 Oct 2008 7:24am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

The water looks so green and beautiful. What a great view.

5 Oct 2008 7:46am

Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

Great place and view!

5 Oct 2008 9:27am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Bottle green rivers, they're my favourite, wonderful, wonderful photo, I'd love to live there :)

5 Oct 2008 9:29am

@Lorraine: This was taken early last spring. The winter rains had scoured all of the mud and sediments from the stream - leaving the waters crystal clear. One of the many reasons that I love that time of year.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

I love that glassy green colour of the river in the foreground...beautiful.

5 Oct 2008 10:42am

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Very beautiful scene...stay dry!

5 Oct 2008 12:37pm

Marcie from United States

Love the softness of the colors and the composition. Really nice!

5 Oct 2008 4:16pm

yz from Hungary

Amazing landscape!

5 Oct 2008 4:24pm

alex centrella from California, United States

i love this shot, looks like a great place to do some fishing..and a great place to live.

5 Oct 2008 7:51pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

looks a lovely place, very nice

5 Oct 2008 8:43pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

That's a beautiful shot Stephen, how the wide river in the foreground brings us right into the center of the frame, excellent. I wouldn't mind one of those houses :)

Your report on the unusual heavy rains..... an indication that our climate is changing...?

5 Oct 2008 9:56pm

@Observing: There are many pointers to global climate changes. This is NOT one of them. California has a fairly predictable wet and dry season pattern - but there are many examples of exceptions and exceptional years since records started being kept in the 1850's.

gbe from kansas city, United States

such a beautiful place, and very well photographed.

6 Oct 2008 12:22am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Beautiful. California has all the best scenery, packed into one state. No fair! Haha!

6 Oct 2008 1:11am

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

What a nice shot... nothing nicer then a river... so relaxing...

6 Oct 2008 2:06am

One from Açores, Portugal

A beautiful picture, I really like the color and brightness of the water.

6 Oct 2008 3:56am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

yes -- isn't the pre-November rains something of a scare? has me creeped out! ;) wonderful shot here mate -- this river looks wonderful -- i bet there are some great rapids along parts of this! beautiful scenery and welcome back to CA! :)

7 Oct 2008 4:54am

@dj.tigersprout: You win that bet - DJ - this is a fabulous wild river - top to Pacific Ocean.

Emily Ng from Adelaide, Australia

beautiful.. looks like a sudden gush of water came in at that moment u took the photo. v pleasing lines.. the river seems to lead to the house almost directly!

8 Oct 2008 6:35pm