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LANDSCAPES

I love landscapes.

Most of my posts are about my travels out into nature—and those trips give me many opportunities to admire vast and beautiful landscapes.  This past week, I was out traveling but not to any well known, impressive locations.  The landscapes I saw were nothing like my favorite views from places like Yosemite, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon or even Bryce Canyon National Park.

But last week’s landscapes were glorious, even if they were more muted, subtle.  My trip took me into Northern California and a bit into Southern Oregon.  The plan was to scout out some birds and travel some scenic routes.  I will share more details about my trip over the next several weeks.  But here are some landscapes that show the desolation and splendor of some of the mountain roads and open marsh lands I traveled along.

Not living in the mountains, I always enjoy a snowy landscape.

Anytime of year, Lake Tahoe is a wondrous sight.

This marsh was near Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.

Along I-5, I was able to see Priscilla, Dragon Queen of the Sierras.  I’ve shared about her and the talented artist who created her before.  On this trip—although still a bit cloudy and dreary—Mt. Shasta can be seen in the distance.

A better view of the top of Mt. Shasta.

The Tulelake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges offered views of some great marshland.

This is my entry for the Lens Artist Photo Challenge 31 Landscape.

Priscilla: Dragon Queen

Isn’t she great?  Her full name is Priscilla, Dragon Queen of the Sierras.

A friend and I spotted her as she prowled the pastures on the east side of I-5, just a bit north of Yreka, California.  If the day had not been so hazy, Mt. Shasta would have been visible in the background.  Our best guess is that she is a cousin to Elliott, Pete’s Dragon.  She is a wonder!

Photo by Linda Richter

Ralph Starritt is the Yreka Metal Sculptor who created her—as well as some other life-size creations. Just south of Yreka is Moo Donna, a life-size cow and her calf.  He has also created a life-size Bigfoot, placed on Highway 96 near Happy Camp, California.  This photo of Bigfoot was taken by Linda Richter; she posted it to the Siskiyou Shutterbugs Facebook page.  I know I plan to visit this guy when I am next in that area.

The following video gives you an introduction to the remarkable artist Ralph Starritt.  It highlights his training and work, showing some of his “smaller” works of nature’s creatures, including people and wolves and eagles and fish.  They are incredible.  The Starritt Studio is in Yreka, California.  This place has been added to my to-do list as well.

I love art and surprises and nature. I just love Priscilla!  Don’t you?  

This post is my contribution to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

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