Saturday, December 2, 2023

MendoMoments: A Spooky Halloween Sunrise on the Mendocino Coast

A Halloween sunrise near Albion [Image provided by a Mendocino Coast resident]

The spectacular stems from the everyday. Moments of beauty can evoke the otherworldly. On October 31st, we welcome the strange. Instead of beating back the fear of the unknown, we celebrate what could be.

This morning the sun broke over the Pacific throwing its light on Mendocino County’s rugged coastline. The ancient bluffs obscured in fog were suffused with light. The marine layer acted as a prism refracting the sunrise and saturating the horizon in reds, indigos, violets, and blues.

A coastal resident in Albion looked westward. The road they walked stretched until it disappeared into the colors and mist. On any other day, this would be a morning sunrise on the Mendocino Coast. But today, October 31st, this resident caught a glimpse of the transcendent.

MendoFever’s column MendoMoments is dedicated to showcasing the land, animals, and people that make up Mendocino County. All Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to participate. Send photographs to matthewplafever@gmail.com including a description of what your photograph depicts, where it was taken, and any other important details.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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