Lost Coast

Happy New Year!

Nice way to bring in the year by working with some images from a recent shoot! A couple weeks ago I spent some time on the Lost Coast, up above Fort Bragg. There was lots of rain the second day there. I do like to shoot in the rain but there was maybe a little much. I spent about 10 hrs driving muddy roads and taking pictures; Not sure what I liked better, the drive or the shooting. Anyway, everything was soaked!

Amazing land out there, all by yourself. There was hardly a soul on Hwy 1 once I got above Fort Bragg. Once I got onto to USAL road (stands for USA Lumber), and left the pavement, I saw one vehicle with people in it and two vehicles stuck and/or abandoned the 3 days I spent there.

I did run into some Elk while hiking along the cliffs. They’re big! I’ve run into plenty of deer and they never bothered me, but, these guys are big, and, they didn’t seem to think I was anything to worry about. When I first saw them they were blocking my only route. I thought about walking through them but decided I didn’t want to go that way anyway :-) However, after backtracking a bit, I went out onto a finger of the cliffs edge to get a shot looking up the coastline. While on the finger, the elk heard passed by and I didn’t think anything of it, till I continued backtracking to get back to the truck. I came over a hill, still on a narrow trail with a cliff on one side and thick brush on the other, and there they were again! There had to be 40 of them. As I passed through the heard I took a quick movie with my iPhone - love that thing!

The day I headed for home there was little rain. There was a some wind and haze but it really made for nice light. I ended up driving inland when I saw 10 Mile River, which lead me back into a valley that I fell in love with. I’ll definitely get back there soon. I have all the 4x5 film processed and scanned but have only finished a few - they’re the first few in the “Land” gallery.