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High Water Along the Redwood Highway

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 28 November 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Here is a autumn image of California State Highway 101 - as it by-passes The Avenue of the Giants. By the way - this is the same road we were looking at all of last week and an example of how detached the road has become from the landscape.

Humboldt County, California

A flood of historic proportions hit this region just before Christmas, 1964. The sign here shows the high water level through this region. This point is 47 miles (75 km) upstream from the river's Pacific Ocean discharge near Ferndale, California.

Well worth a couple minutes of your time, a powerful and well written description of this disastrous event can be read at:

( series: one of two )

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Betty from New Jersey, United States

Really nice composition and fantastic colors, Stephen. I read the article, and you are right... it is well worth your time to read it!

28 Nov 2008 11:48am

@Betty: Who would dream about that much power in what is usually a gentle coastal stream?

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

You're so good in composing a shot and helping viewers focus on your "subject"!

28 Nov 2008 11:59am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Nicely composed image. It is stunning to realize how bad a flood can be.

28 Nov 2008 1:24pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

When I saw the picture I was going to make some flippant remark about high tide...!!Then I read the report!!...Nuff said.

28 Nov 2008 2:21pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Great composition. I was looking at the photo and discovering each detail. This is a timeless photo... I don't know why but if it was taken 10-15 years ago, it would be exactly equal. I think. Very interesting!
Wonderful work Stephen.
And now I'm going to read the text from your link.

28 Nov 2008 3:54pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

wonderful shot and a very interesting to read the link, gives the real meaning behind the sign,

28 Nov 2008 4:21pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I did a double take, wow it's fabulous Stephen, there's a quality here that's uncanny, wow...big 5

28 Nov 2008 5:03pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Lovely. This has that vintage post card look about it. I love it.

28 Nov 2008 7:30pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Are you a familiar of Kerouak? This "on the road" series is very suggestive. We have let behind the old route, and now we can see the new one witg great light and detali. I like specially the right side.

28 Nov 2008 8:55pm

@Paco Díaz: Paco - familiar? I lived in North beach in San Francisco - drinking in many of the bars he and Kesey and Ferlingetti hung out in. Several years later than Kerouac did. You humble me with your comments.

gbe from kansas city, United States

great shot. hard to imagine the water that high.

28 Nov 2008 9:00pm

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Nice shot. (Is it a highway or a hightwater-way?)

29 Nov 2008 12:03am

@Alphons: I would not have wanted to be on that waterway... Great question!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

It's hard to visualise the flood now. Very nice shot and view.

29 Nov 2008 3:14am

Emmanuelle from Sg, Singapore

I like the softness in the sky. Great angle too!

29 Nov 2008 4:47am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Impressive highness…

29 Nov 2008 10:00am