I’m just back from a 4.5 day roadtrip that began in Healdsburg, California, and ended in Seattle. I was joined by Rick Holt, fabulous image editing instructor, fellow teacher, and photo buddy. Our plan was to photograph horses in Healdsburg at Debra and Dominique Barbier’s vineyard and farm, then cruise the California coast by taking the back way up and over to Mendocino and then following highway 101 all the way north to Astoria, Oregon. We were hoping for coastal fog and mist to lend some atmosphere to sea stacks, redwood trees and California oak images.
Horses? Check. Highway 101? Check. Mist, fog, atmosphere? Nada. We drove for 4.5 days and never saw a cloud in the sky. Not one. But the painfully cold temps did give us some unexpected photographer’s luck. Ice coated grasses, hoarfrost covered forests and meadows, and delicately frosted leaves on the shoreline delighted us each morning. We were both slightly unprepared for pre-dawn with wind and frigid temps, but in our “hey, we’re out shooting!!!” euphoria, it didn’t matter that much.
I’m back in Seattle now with an invigorated passion for exploration and appreciation of serendipity. Here’s a small gallery from the trip. I’ll be posting more over the next several days and will talk about the specific subjects and locations.