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Sundown at Mad River Slough

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 1 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Dramatic sundown on the northern edge of Humboldt Bay

I was almost at the hotel - I could see it. I could also see the sun breaking through the clouds and setting up a beautiful sunset. I knew exactly where to drive if I could make it before the light failed. I did. This was the result. This is (finally) the last image of this long day.

An hour from now - the region would get hit with an impressive lightning and thunder show. What a day!

[notebook]: Remember the early morning nude image that I photographed of model Tru Talise? She was standing under a big yellow arrow road sign. There was heavy mist is the air and water along the opposite side of the road. Well - that image and this one were both taken from the same small bridge over this slough. Remembering the road out to that bridge is what got me to this sundown spot. You don't remember? Here 'tis:

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Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Joliment composée cette photo. L'eau semble paisible et le coin poétique.

1 May 2010 5:15am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

the title alone is superb...has the feel of an old Jimmy Stewart western!

It is also a very classy landscape Stephen!

1 May 2010 7:46am

yz from Budapest, Hungary


1 May 2010 8:08am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

I like the dark stormy clouds reflecting in the still water! A very nice shot with interesting light and shade. Thank you for the reminder of that other fantastic shot, definitely one my favorite nudes that you have shown off.

1 May 2010 8:38am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A beautiful deep landscape, good colors and framing.

1 May 2010 10:33am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Impressive composition and reflection in the water, please excuse I'll have to run off to to find out what a "slough" is.

1 May 2010 11:56am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Ah, so it's a muddy swampy sort of place!

1 May 2010 11:57am

@Curly: Hi Curly - please allow me to expand on your understanding of a 'slough' (rhymes with you) - as they need not be muddy, nor swampy. Forty years ago, coming from the eastern US, like you - I was completely unfamiliar with the term. A decade later - I became intimate with sloughs. I love renting houseboats and navigating the area of California known simply as 'The Delta'. This area - right in the center of the state - is where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers join before emptying into a series of bays leading to the Golden Gate. The area is flat - and fertile. Other smaller rivers also empty here. What is amazing - is that this area is interlaced with hundreds of miles of these 'sloughs'. They generally connect the rivers as a labyrinth of natural canals.

One of my favorites is The Georgiana Slough. It is only about seven miles long (12 km). Its north end is at the town of Walnut Grove, on the Sacramento River. The southern terminus is on the San Joaquin River near Frank's Tract. The banks can rise as high as 15 feet (4.5 m) above the water. The water depth is as much as 30 feet (9 m). Large oak trees and an occasional palm tree rise here and there to provide shade.

Less than an hour and a half from San Francisco - one feels as though they've been transported into Faulkner's Mississippi - another place and time. The soil here is peat - farms are everywhere. The fishing is world renowned. I've read that there are more different types of drawbridges in this 50 square mile area - than anywhere else on earth.

I thought you might like to know...

If I can find it - I'll dedicate tomorrow's post to you and the 'slough'...

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

"I do remember Stephen",I was concentrating so much on this nice shot though !!

1 May 2010 1:46pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars for this great landscape

1 May 2010 3:43pm

@Calusarus: Thanks very much - I was lucky - less than a minute after I got to the small bridge - the light was gone.

eddy from tehran, Iran


1 May 2010 3:54pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What magical reflections and atmosphere through your lens my friend!!! The light was so well captured, colours rendered so naturally... subtle yet so expressive! Just love it!:-)

1 May 2010 4:18pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous! Magical light and fantastic composition

1 May 2010 4:43pm

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

Very nice photo that really has lots of depth.

1 May 2010 4:49pm

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

it`s lovely landscape stephen, you like wine, with days going you are better and better and better and better.....

1 May 2010 4:57pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

As Governor Arnie once said "I'll be back".

1 May 2010 5:03pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A lovely and quietful place. Like the composition, with the reflections of sky in water it gives a lot of depth to the scene.

1 May 2010 5:42pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Gorgeous countryside and waterscape. You caught a nicely subtle "S" curve in this one, too.

1 May 2010 5:52pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the reflection of the sky. Very nice composition.

2 May 2010 2:24am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Excellent capture!

2 May 2010 4:17am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~`quite quite beautiful ~` I may sit a moment :)) and take it all in!

2 May 2010 5:27pm

@kate: Thanks for the visit, Kate - I am happy you enjoyed this.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Oooooh Stephen....what a magnificent how the water draws you into the shot......and beautiful reflection of the clouds, just great of my recent faves!!!!

3 May 2010 9:35pm

k@ from Paris, France

Like a painting from the old Netherland's masters - what a light*

7 May 2010 4:07pm