At home in Rural Northern Coastal-ish California

Feb 17, 2013 – There’s no place like the middle of Nowhere.

How rural, you might wonder?  Well,… I’ll start with a bit “nature photography” then.   For starters, much of the (relatively lightly populated) coast is farmland:

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The Arcata Bottoms and last turn of the Mad River in Far-Northern Coastal California, as seen from McKinleyville.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven (mid-February, 2013)

The region in general, including most of the first 100 miles inland, is rather forested:

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The vistas are magnificent:

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The rivers wild and scenic:

Trinity River, Hoopa Indian Reservation, Northern CaliforniaPhoto by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

Trinity River, Hoopa Indian Reservation, Northern California
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

But when I look really hard and zoom in, on a clear day, I can actually see ‘civilization’ from near where I live, too:

Signs of nearby civilization, a couple thousand feet below me.  Photo digitally touched up and taken by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

Signs of nearby civilization, a couple thousand feet below me. Photo digitally touched up and taken by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.  (zoomed-in)

It is a strange, almost schizoid reality, in fact: In this rugged forested mountainous  de facto wilderness with bears and cougars, owls and eagles, snakes and scorpions, wolverines and deer,…  I find myself simultaneously plugged in to all things modern:  news, facebook, TV-style entertainment, on-line-streaming radio-stations, etc through wireless internet, (spotty, but texts get through) cell phone reception, and most of the modern amenities of a basic modern house…, and then there’s my sweet car, and the gas it runs on, and the electricity from the grid, the tools I use in the gardens and woods, … The mining and industrial processes it took to create all this… In almost in every way, I’m also completely plugged in to the globalized economic reality of this crazy day and age.   The illusion of somehow being away from all that, would be easy to maintain, if escapism were your thing…  If escapism were my thing.

Next blog post (whenever I get to it):  Checking up on where things are at with the ongoing nuclear disaster on the other side of the Pacific… .

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