I just came back from a visit to Mendocino County, California, and here are 20 of my pictures from that trip. I’ve chosen to present these photos at a “large” size (not “full”) and “high” resolution (not “maximum). I hope you enjoy them.
We stayed in this house, designed to collect solar heat with its high row of windows facing south, and its full length solarium. The large vegetable and fruit garden is being prepared once again for the coming spring.
A meditative spot by the house is the Koi Pond.
Daffodils have started to carpet the green fields of the old cemetery for the town of Manchester.
Navarro Beach, where the Navarro River meets the Pacific Ocean, south of the hamlets of Albion and Little River.
I can never take too many pictures of the beach and surf.
The “isness” of nature is so beautiful, it takes you out of yourself and into the universal and primordial.
Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937) was an American fine arts painter. She made this self portrait in oil, in 1881, when she was a 16 year old art student in San Francisco. This photo is only of a portion of the full painting.
Grace Hudson spent most of her life in the small city of Ukiah (inland Mendocino County), where today many of her art works are displayed at the Grace Hudson Museum.
Grace Hudson focused her artistry on the portraiture of the Pomo Indians, who live (still) in the Ukiah and Potter valleys (of inland Mendocino County). She painted real people in the natural settings of the region. This particular painting is about “the birth of song.”
A young Pomo girl with her pet fox.
A young Pomo girl with an orange, and attitude.
Grace Hudson made many paintings of Pomo children and babies. This is a detail of one of her best known “baby pictures.”
Grace Hudson sketched this amazingly subtle and detailed portrait of an expert Pomo basket weaver, and friend, with bitumen (which I think of as a coal/tar crayon).
Nit’s Cafe is a small, wonderful Thai-themed restaurant in Fort Bragg.
This view shows over 90% of the dining area of Nit’s Cafe. Note the potted orchids and colored lights. The food is phenomenal; the seafood is exquisite.
Menus at Nit’s Cafe.
Here is the chef of this one-woman enterprise, Nit herself: an accomplished gourmet chef who combines refined French culinary technique with Thai sensibility, and a passion for fine cooking. A lively and lovely person. Nit’s is at 322 CA Hwy 1 (the main street through Fort Bragg, in the center of town).
Point Navarro, north of Navarro Beach and south of Albion and Little River; looking west toward the setting sun, from near the edge of the high cliff (rocky surf below, and a very windy day).
The ceaseless surf at Navarro Point.
Looking north from the same cliff-edge spot at Navarro Point.