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Dusty Dorris

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 8 April 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Welcome to Dorris, California. Two miles (3.2 k) from the Oregon border. The dust storm arrived ahead of me.

This is not a fish-eye lens - this little road on the east side of Dorris really does bend like this. The fine dust was everywhere - I just managed to find a 'hole' in the storm to shoot this image.

U.S. Highway 97 snakes around several sharp turns in this tiny township. Large signs warn not to exceed 25 MPH. The turns are posted at 15 MPH. All of the markings of a classic 'speed trap'. This road runs from Mount Shasta to Klamath Falls, Oregon - and then straight up the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. This was how I decided to drive up to the Portland area two weeks ago. I was tired of driving Interstate 5. It was the beginning of quite an adventure. Come along if you wish...

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, what a great looking place, great shot

8 Apr 2010 5:20am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic shot, Stephen! Very dangerous this sand against your camera, but you did it well.

8 Apr 2010 8:38am

JPS from Le Havre, France

Why this curve ?? Here...

8 Apr 2010 12:56pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

I would have thought it was a fish eye shot super shot of this interesting area, looking forward to following you through this trip

8 Apr 2010 1:40pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice work on this and I am looking forward to this series of images! A beautiful section of the country!

8 Apr 2010 1:48pm

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Looks like a nice road for a manual transmission. It's interesting that the tree which is situated front and center is quite bare compared to the trees in the distance. It's almost as if the wind storm destroyed its branches.

8 Apr 2010 5:42pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West wales boy), Germany

Sounds like the start of a new Stephen King novel,I´m with you all the way on this adventure !!!!

8 Apr 2010 6:07pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

WOW Dusty? You can accent then word dusty! I agree with Anthony... could be a Stephen King novel or a Tarantino movie! Great!!!

8 Apr 2010 6:47pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

What a cool shot and so nicely balanced.

8 Apr 2010 8:17pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I travel through Dorris on my way to my sister's near Bend, Oregon.
It is a tiny tiny town that is beauty-challenged. I am impressed all to pieces that you managed to get this interesting shot. I usually hurry through as fast as the miserly speed limit will allow. Good for you !!! :-)

8 Apr 2010 8:48pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Wow, interesting. These are things we Floridians don't get to see very much. Cool shot; well-chosen moment. I imagine a dust storm like this could do a number on your camera.

8 Apr 2010 8:49pm

Laurent from Lyon, France

Just perfect composition.
I really first through it was a panorama with several pictures with such a curve

8 Apr 2010 8:50pm

melodia from ffm, Germany

that looks great... i get thursty when looking at the picture... ,)

8 Apr 2010 8:57pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Cool shot....that's one hell of a'd your camera like that dust???? I welcome joining your "trip"......

8 Apr 2010 9:26pm

@Susan: I seem to be a student of curves - thanks, Susan.

Paul from summerside, Canada

Very nice

8 Apr 2010 9:51pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This would be outstanding without the dust, with it, it's on another level! Today you get 5 stars!

9 Apr 2010 1:49am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

What a cool shot. Brought a smile to my face. I like that dust:-)

9 Apr 2010 3:44am

David from Detroit, United States

What a crazy curve. Here in the midwest you'll see some strange bends and curves that go around the edges of property lines, but that route looks strange no matter what the reason was. The trees and dust just add to the mood.

9 Apr 2010 9:55pm

Karthik from Chennai, India

Lovely shot! Pretty dangerous curve though

12 Apr 2010 5:03am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous!!! The composition is brilliant

14 Apr 2010 2:48am