Friday, September 17, 2010

Wllits :The Heart of Mendocino County

Today I had to make the grand journey down to the big city of Ukiah again for a minor medical appointment as we don't have many specialists of any kind in Willits. On the return trip I passed this really cool psychedelic bus climbing up the grade to Willits. It was probably on its way to the "Earth Dance" celebration just north of the town of Laytonville. I really wanted to get an image of this bus as it was so symbolic of one of the many cultures that make up Mendocino County and its history. But where could I capture an image of it that could have any sort of symbolism. I racked my brain for possible locations. I stopped on the side of the road near the entrance to town and watched the bus go by me into town. Then it dawned on me, use the "Willits Arch"!

I raced back into traffic and got a few cars ahead of the bus only to have the traffic bogged down near the arch. There is a bottleneck that forms here and today it was bigger than usual due to traffic headed north to the dance. Finally I was able to pull into the Safeway parking lot. I jumped out of my car with my camera at the ready. As luck would have it the bus for some reason slowed down three or four car lengths and it gave me just enough time to help create my symbolic image. Thank you Lord for the help here.

Enjoy and God's blessings to all,


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