Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ocean & Skies: at Goat Rock

images from Sonoma Coast State Beach, CA: the Russian River at Jenner, February 2010

light on the sea
strands of water, motion—
storm coming to land

This arched rock offshore from Goat Rock Beach is one of my favorite places on the California shore. It's iconic, dangerous, distant and majestic, beautiful and timeless. When you stand on the beach—which was closed this day due to very high surf and incoming storm winds—you can see through the arch to the far horizon, and waves crash around it, and through the opening. From the cliffs above the beach, it's an icon of every kind of gateway you can imagine, some of them otherworldly.

As I headed north from San Francisco, towards Mendocino, and eventually Portland, I arrived here under very dramatic skies. I've been here lots of times—it's a favorite place, after all—but rarely under storm skies such as these. In my own estimation, these are some of the best photos I've ever taken—here, or anywhere. They please me a great deal. And as usual, it's all about being in the right place at the right time.

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Blogger Elisabeth said...

These are powerful skies, Art.

I'm not surprised they are your favourite. They are - to use the word as it was originally intended and not the way my adolescent daughter and her friends use it - awesome.


7:04 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Thanks in returns.

There are my favorites so far. There's a few more weeks of roadtrip photos to go through still.

Nonetheless, I can see these easily being printed in large size on the wall.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Michael Mata said...

I love the way the arch was described as a gateway- thats very evocative. Do you think there are gateways to other dimensions on our planet?

You did a piece once of a traveller entering a kind of portal in the forest; it was under the entry 'Digital Art'.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Who knows? Some places feel like maybe that's possible, in the moonlight, at sunset, at those magic hours. I think the symbolism of gateways to other places is certainly true, the archetype if you will; as for it being literally true, who knows?

11:48 AM  

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