Gualala River Sunset

Picture: Sunset over the mouth of the Gualala River, on the border between the Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines, Gualala, California

Image: Sunset over the mouth of the Gualala River, on the border between the Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines, Gualala, California

I’m sending this image out in tribute to my dad, who passed away 23 years ago this week. I know he loved this part of the coast, and I’m sure this photo would have made him smile. Needless to say, I miss him.

My wife picked a perfect place for our summer family vacation this year. We spent our birthdays (3 days apart) in the middle of California’s world-famous Banana Belt, enjoying a week with my mom and our kids. What do you mean you’ve never heard of California’s Banana Belt? It’s a small stretch of coastline that is often protected from the relentless summer fog bank that hangs over the north coast. Thanks to the landform known as Point Arena, the area to the south which includes Gualala and Sea Ranch are often gorgeous and sunny, while places just a few miles further north or south will be locked inside the blanket of cool, grey fog. We were lucky, as the skies in the town of Gualala turned sunny on the day of our arrival, and stayed clear and blue for the full week. All the while, we could see the fog bank hanging just a couple miles offshore. Because I’d been working so furiously on my book project this last year, I opted to do very little photography on this trip, keeping it as a family vacation. However, this scene was too good to pass up.

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5 Comments on “Gualala River Sunset”

  1. Richard Wong Says:

    This is beautiful Gary, and a wonderful tribute for your dad. I had never heard of the “Banana Belt” but I’ve always wanted to visit this area.

  2. Gloria Crabbe Says:

    The tribute to Dad and the beautiful dreamy picture are good for the soul. He would be smiling.

  3. Russ Bishop Says:

    Wonderful image and tribute Gary. This is such a beautiful stretch of coastline -I’m sure your dad is smiling.

  4. Jim Goldstein Says:

    Beautiful photo and tribute Gary.

  5. Ger Erickson Says:

    Glad you didn’t pass it up, Gary.

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