June 07, 2010

adventure on Sonoma Mountain


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photo by Donald Kinney

On Friday I had the finest intentions of visiting the home of Luthur Burbank, a horticultural legend, in Santa Rosa about 30 miles north of here. Unfortunately the weather decided to not cooperate. I headed towards what looked like nicer weather -- over the ridge of Sonoma Mountain and into the Sonoma Valley. I found these beautiful old mossy oaks along the way.



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In the late 1800's and early 1900's this area's Redwoods were extensively cut to fill San Francisco's insatiable hunger for lumber. Some of the groves, like this one I found on Sonoma Mountain have regenerated themselves but we might want to check back in 1000 years or so to see them as giants.



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Well, at about 120 years old these Redwoods are pretty darned tall trees, but like I mentioned, lets check back in a thousand years.



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On Sonoma Mountain you have two choices -- (1) you could change your religion and stay at the rustic and "oh-so-serious" Zen Center up the road a bit, or (2) you could stay at this little resort with the funny little man sitting out front in a chair. I think his fifteen minutes expired a few years ago.



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I am assuming that this person was a motorcyclist, so one can only imagine the gruesome details of how he died; but he was undoubtedly loved and will be remembered.


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6 comments:

photowannabe said...

Wonderful Gentle Giants and that guy in the chair is a hoot.

Mulleh said...

Love the first picture! Beautiful! That Guy was a little creepy though! haha!

AphotoAday said...

HI PHOTOWANNABE SUE AND MULLEH, Yep, I agree with both of you -- a hoot and a bit creepy at the same time. The person who runs the "dude ranch" (((or whatever it actually is))) came out to find out what I was doing -- I told him I was just taking a photo of his man in the chair and thanked him -- I didn't stick around to get the full story.

Serenity said...

I really love that top shot of the mossy oaks. Beautiful!

Chris said...

Love the shapes of the branches in the Oaks shot!

AphotoAday said...

THANKS SERENITY AND CHRIS!

 
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