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Squall Line off the Lost Coast

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 8 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A heavy rain squall approaches the Lost Coast of California. This is the southern edge of The Lost Coast. Here - State Highway One leaves the shoreline and proceeds inland to its junction with State Highway 101. There are roughly 100 km (60 miles) of deserted beaches between here and the northern end of The Lost Coast near Ferndale, California.

This rugged and majestic stretch of coastline has few roads, settlements, or people. It is among my favorite places to explore.

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grant from kansas city, United States

great color, light, composition, view...

8 Feb 2009 5:13am

Sharon from Los Angeles, United States

nice composition... and reading those description, wanna make me go there... Thank you Stephen.. this is a great shot!!

8 Feb 2009 6:16am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Beautiful shot. Love colours and composition.

8 Feb 2009 6:42am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

love the strong orange against the gray sky

8 Feb 2009 10:33am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

great shot - I love the sign pointing at the coming storm and the rocks stretching up the coast.
I had never heard the term "lost coast" before - we spent a bit of time along the Oregon/Northern California Coast in 2000, and it is a wonderful place...

8 Feb 2009 1:01pm

zahai from Berlin, Germany

Wonderful composition and colors. Love the contrast between the sign and the scenery.

8 Feb 2009 1:16pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

I love the Lost Coast. The sign makes this image. Very nice.

8 Feb 2009 2:10pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

The sign was pointing where the squall was approaching?!:-) Very lovely tone, colors and clarity!

8 Feb 2009 2:20pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

awesome shot, and wonderful lesson in geography, about a place i'd never heard of. it seems like this Lost Coast must be a magnificent place!!

8 Feb 2009 3:05pm

@Susan: ...indeed, it is, Susan. Thanks.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow that's gorgeous.....it weren't for the sign, I'd swear I was looking at an episode of 'Lost' ;)

8 Feb 2009 3:41pm

@Lorraine: May this be one series of episodes that 'Lost' - never finds!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Impressive: 60 miles of desert beaches! I understand you like to explore this area, it looks beautiful.
I like the anoramic and how the clouds let the rain fall in the horizon. Good shot.

8 Feb 2009 7:10pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Very nicely done. The gap in the storm is phenomenal.

8 Feb 2009 7:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool composition with the sign. The coast and ocean are quite beautiful.

8 Feb 2009 8:01pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good image, you really can see the rain storm

8 Feb 2009 8:05pm

k@ from Paris, France

Great yellow sign, my favorite (I post one tomorrow :) and great view, refreshing one !

8 Feb 2009 8:07pm

peter from new york, United States

i love the splash of yellow in an already beautiful composition of scenery and colors. great shot!

8 Feb 2009 8:09pm

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

I am yearning for the beach. The yellow adds such dimension to this photograph.

8 Feb 2009 10:12pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Glad to see that there are still some beautiful places untouched by tourism. Neat shot with the sign.

8 Feb 2009 10:31pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Gorgeous!!!!! Why is it the lost coast? I can definitely see why you like it there. Your composition is wonderful - I like the inclusion of the sign and the ominous clouds.

8 Feb 2009 11:52pm

@willow: It is 'The Lost Coast' because (so far) - no major roads go through there - there are no homes - no towns - no developments. In such a populous state with developers hungry to exploit anything for a buck - this area is a miracle.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Magical. Those clous are so beautiful.

9 Feb 2009 12:45am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

I can almost feel the calm before the storm. I like how the sign directs your eye towards the squall.

9 Feb 2009 3:16am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Amazing to see the storm like that.

9 Feb 2009 3:29am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Very beautiful composition!

9 Feb 2009 2:53pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

It looks fantastic and you´ve caught it wonderfully as well !!

9 Feb 2009 4:17pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An interesting PoV…

9 Feb 2009 4:45pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Marvelous perspective! I love the stormy clouds out over the ocean. Something about this image reminds me of a small beach town I used to live in (Leaucadia, CA) years ago. Must be the vegetation.

9 Feb 2009 9:24pm

Kurt from San Francisco, United States

Great shot superbly balanced in light, color, composition. Very bright, pops to life! Have yet to visit Lost Coast but it's on my agenda.

13 Feb 2009 9:56pm

@Kurt: Thanks Kurt. I can't wait to return to this magnificent area.

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

This is a gorgeous shot! The rain storm in the background, the sun shining through in spots....the beautiful color of the green and the ocean....wow!

11 Jul 2009 8:42pm

@Lambspun: Thanks for the visit and the kind words - this is one of my all-time favorite images.