The Mendonoma Coast is the land of micro-climates. We live in what some of the locals here call “The Banana Belt”, where it can be totally fogged in at one location and in full sun just a few miles down the road. Such was the day last week when I hit the road to capture some beach shots. It was a little foggy where I was when I started out and as I headed north I noticed that the fog was lifting, the sky was cloudless and the wind was really picking up. As I looked south I saw that the fog was still clinging to the coast so I headed down-coast.
I decided to try Salt Point State Park which is only about a half hour south of Sea Ranch. The first two images were taken close to CA-1 in the late afternoon. The sun was poking through a little and it made for a nice mood where the glistening ocean mixed with foggy cliffs. The third image was taken on the edge of a bluff top where this nice little California Poppy was just hanging over the cliff. I just couldn’t pass it up.
On my way back home I decided to check out one of my favorite hedgerows to see how the fog may have transformed it. As I may have mentioned before, these Monterey Cypress hedgerows were planted by the original sheep ranchers as wind screens. The original landscape architects of Sea Ranch not only kept them but built a community around them. They are a signature part of Sea Ranch today. As these images suggest, the hedgerows can be a magical place to visit and walk through.
Enjoy wherever you are!
Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 lens; Oben Tripod