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Driving Along the Lost Coast

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 3 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Mattole Road - Humboldt County Route 211 - is the amazing drive that actually runs along a small section of the lost coast of California.

I'd mentioned this part of California a few weeks back. It is a roughly 96 kilometer (60 mile) section of the california coast that has (with one exception) not been developed. This is the only road that traverses a small section of the beaches along a remote part of that coastline.

There are no towns or services along this section of beach. Just a couple of farms. The photograph here is of the hills north of the coastal section. Below is the Bear River flowing into the Pacific just below a few houses that form the settlement of Capetown, California.

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djedfre from schaumburg, United States

not been developed? what's wrong with you people? i can see a perfect spot right there for a seven eleven AND a payday loan store!

3 Apr 2009 5:53am

@djedfre: Amen - shhhh!

yz from Budapest, Hungary

fantastic scene, it is good to have it 'not developed'

3 Apr 2009 6:40am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Looks like a wonderful drive - is the low speed limit because the roads are dangerous?

3 Apr 2009 7:34am

@dobbino: Not dangerous, so much as very narrow with tight turns and lots of livestock grazing - they sometimes find their way out onto the roadway.

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

Is the low speed limit because they dont want you to miss any of the views??

3 Apr 2009 7:38am

@chrissy: No problem with that. I found I sometimes needed to remind myself to watch where I was driving.

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Sounds and looks like a great place to visit and photograph !!

3 Apr 2009 9:28am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautiful shot, this coast looks wonderful, I'd like to see it.

3 Apr 2009 9:44am

@Paco Díaz: We are waiting for you - Francisco.

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

I love that area south of Eureka. My son and I spect a wonderful day there a couple years back and had a wonderful time. It is a magical place.

3 Apr 2009 12:48pm

@MontereyJohn: Amen.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

Stephen!!! hello hello friend and so sorry we didn't get the chance to meet before i left for nyc! :( but i am here now and in good health and great spirits! this place is certainly what dreams are made of -- bright lights, big city... so much to see and do... and everything in larger than life scale!! anyways a truly gorgeous photograph here -- the grass is so vibrant and green and the view makes me want to jump into the photo and explore!! lovely indeed! i hope this finds you well mate, speak soon!!!

3 Apr 2009 12:49pm

@dj.tigersprout: Great to hear from you, Jaycee. You sound to be happy and thriving. Hooray! Personally - growing up in the Washington, D.C. area - I am glad to have escaped the Big East. I love visiting but happy to be on the left coast. I can't wait to get to your blog and see what you've been up to. I just saw your Facebook post and plan to join you on Twitter. Be well, my friend - and stay in touch.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is a treasure; don't tell too many people about it. Developers will come...

3 Apr 2009 1:51pm

@Viewfinder: Amen. Mum's-the-word. shhh...

Liang from San Francisco, United States

so peaceful. like a place where no one will ever bother you, nicely captured with excellent colors.

3 Apr 2009 4:38pm

alex centrella from California, United States

cool landscape ...................

3 Apr 2009 11:28pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great composition! the sign is a good focal point and a hook to get into the shot and the view behind is beautiful and opens up nicely!

4 Apr 2009 2:01am

grant from kansas city, United States

i like it - full of interest

5 Apr 2009 1:43am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

I like the composition! This is really great!

5 Apr 2009 5:03am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This looks so inviting and beautiful. Great image.

6 Apr 2009 1:42am