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Squaw Rock

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 20 November 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Above the Russian River in Mendocino County, California

(originally posted as 'Squall' - thanks to Lacey Field for the correction)

[notebook]: This concludes a series of images which began here on October 12th. What is remarkable about these 39 images is that they were all shot on the same day - October 4th. It was one of those days where the light was beautiful and I was traveling at a leisurely pace. A photographers perfect day.

I'll confess that part of the motivation in this series was knowing that I was going to be very busy throughout the period. Thanks for putting up with my reduced attention. To be honest - nothing has changed and I am still posting images well in advance.

I am traveling back and forth to Eureka every other week.

Tomorrow - we return to a few spots of interest along this well worn path...

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Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Nice image. What a wonderfully productive day that was.

20 Nov 2008 5:28am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Perfect composition, very well balanced.

20 Nov 2008 6:59am

Lacey Field from San Francisco, United States

It's Squaw Rock actually.....the story is that a native chief had a beautiful daughter and was trying to marry her off to the son of a neighboring tribe, but she was already in love with someone else. The chief insisted and the daughter threw herself off the top of the rock on her wedding day.
Kinda cute huh? :)

20 Nov 2008 7:07am

@Lacey Field: Arrrgh... I know it's 'Squaw' - I was typing while not thinking. And I'd heard the story long ago - I was just fuzzy enough on the details to not feel comfortable passing it along. (just the facts, you know) --- So thanks, Lacey - it is always good hearing from you!

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great place, there is something strange there and when i read the story of Lacey, i understand why...

20 Nov 2008 9:34am

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks - I just wrote Lacey. I'd heard the tale of the young native bride many years ago. Far enough back that I was fuzzy on the details. Quite a legend.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Love how the colours and textures of the rock interact with those of the foreground... Yes, I've also got a weird feeling especially after reading Lacey's story.

20 Nov 2008 10:18am

@hugo poon: You should feel the energy when being around the rock. That whole section of the Russian River strikes me as most peculiar. The area is dramatically beautiful - yet the few folks that have settled along that stretch live in rusted trailers or beat-up wood cabins - and squalor. That long section of the stream is mostly undeveloped.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Something flows so perfectly in this...almost wind-like I love it, gave it a high 5 :)

20 Nov 2008 3:33pm

@Lorraine: thank you so very much...

Marcie from United States

Nice texture and composition.

20 Nov 2008 3:48pm

gbe from kansas city, United States

great shot - a fine conclusion to an excellent series.

20 Nov 2008 4:18pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Another great scene.

20 Nov 2008 4:26pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Perfect scenary shot, and an interesting story.

20 Nov 2008 10:50pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Great combination of colors and textures. I've enjoyed sharing this drive with you. Can't wait to see what's next!

20 Nov 2008 11:49pm

@willow: are invited, anytime. I'm heading back up on Wednesday.

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Pretty good! The rise of the grass in the foreground brings color to a monochrome situation. Good capture.

21 Nov 2008 12:28am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

What interesting terrain in this photo. Thanks for the tour. Looking forward to the next guided tour by such an expert.

21 Nov 2008 1:18am

@Walter: Oh, I don't know what constitutes an 'expert' - but I do enjoy what I do...