Wild Fountain


Wild Fountain

Daily Photo

Every rainy season, this tiny crick comes alive.  By midsummer, it’s gone and the mosses dry to a crisp brown.

Some heathen, the type that rides through wearing shiny black biking shorts,  claimed one August that our land around here looked parched and ugly.  He thought he’d better hustle on through to points south.

That’s why we only allow tourists in the summer.  They start coming around this time a year, we couldn’t never get rid of ’em.



  • That’s funny. Wonderful capture! I can see why you’d only want us tourists there during the dry season. 😉

    Glad your back up and running! I’m still dealing with computer issues myself. So far I’ve refused to take it somewhere, but I will probably have to eventually. Ugh.

  • YAYYYYYY You’re back!!!
    And I totally agree with you. Even in the summer they fall in love with the area (and then complain about the fog. *rolls eyes*)

    That picture is stunning. I just got a calendar from Alaska Steve (at “A Sense Of Place) and it had all his fabulous pics. I thought of you. Because I would LOVE one with your pictures.

    I really missed you and I’m glad you’re back.

  • Welcome back…lovely photo!

    When I first moved to Southern Humboldt, it was partly to escape the frozen Utah winters. I was driving a pilot car for a company that was hauling boxcars from South Fork down to the Covelo turnoff, as the railroad tracks were closed because there had been a fire at Indian Island (I may have forgotten the correct name by now) Mountain. Anyway, the wives of some of the truckers came up to visit one very rainy period, and they were hating all the rain. I could hardly believe my ears, because I much preferred the rain over the ice! And the land was all green and beautiful then, so this is all just to say, “there ain’t no accounting for taste!”

  • I think it is just Island Mountain…I apparently was trying to meld Indian (Gunther) Island with Island Mountain. Oops!

  • Oh! Beautiful!

    I’m so glad you’re posting again, but so sorry your lost your photos.

  • Toni, you don’t count as a tourist. Come in May and I’ll take you anywhere and you’ll never want to leave. Come now and the rain might make you a bit crazy.

    Jen, Yaayyy. I’m back and can read everybody’s blogs again. I need to send Alaska Steve my calendar because I promised but it turned out quite badly. I’m not sure if it’s just a poor quality company or…God forbid, me! If I ever do another, and it turns out well, I’ll send you one.

    Bluelaker, I never much cared for Utah’s landscape and weather either. I’m glad you’ve come out away from there.

    Sophie, I’m sorriest about my lost novel chapters but I guess I’ll back up now! I enjoyed your piece about backing up. How, though, do you back up blog posts?

  • Backing up blog posts: go to the WP Dashboard, under Tool, and click Export. This will let you save a file in XML format that can be reuploaded later (or elsewhere). It doesn’t save the images, however; but if you use Firefox as your browser, you can use the extension DownThemAll for that: http://www.thewebsiteprofessionals.com/wordpress-backup.html

  • wow! (glad you’re back too!)

  • I am very glad you are back. And this is why my computer backs up to an external hard drive every week.

    I love this picture. Did you saturate the blues? In Seattle’s case, we only want people to come this time of year. The weather is so yucky they don’t stay. If they come in the summer, when it’s nice, sunny, and not too hot, we never get rid of them. Ummm, which, I guess is why I’ve been in Western Washington for 20 years now.

  • Beautiful photo!!!
    I often walk our country road and there is a spot, not quite as beautiful as yours but beautiful just the same, that, during the rainy season I always stop for a few moments to breathe in its beauty.
    Unless you know just where to look and you aren’t moving too fast, you don’t really see it if you are driving by, so I often think that it is just my special water fall.

  • Welcome back kym. Great photo! I hope you are someway able to find your lost photos. Iif not, you have some pretty great ones on this blog.

  • Gorgeous shot. I’m hoping we get a little more rain down here this winter as I’d like to return to a “secret” waterfall when it’s in full bloom.

  • Ditto the welcome back, kym. I love the splashing water. When people complain about our weather, I smile knowing that means they won’t stay long. I’ve become very possessive of our “lost coast” and surrounding areas. Being “so far away” is a good thing in my book.

    I agree with bluelaker4 about preferring rain over ice. After 11 years in the high desert of Nevada, the novelty of snow, ice and “freakin’ cold” wore off real quick. My family is up in Northern Idaho worrying about collapsing roofs. Mark just smiles and remembers that “you don’t have to shovel fog”. Amen!

  • YAYYYYYY !!!! You’re back! That is gorgeous. That is also why I don’t mind the rainy PacNW winters (and falls and springs, LOL). With scenes like that, how can you be unhappy at the rain for long.

  • We had the same type of creek that only existed in the summer at my home east of Garberville. I always got poison oak down there.

    Epic day here in San Francisco today. I got a tan at the beach! I hope the sun doesn’t dry up your creek!

  • Kym… I was kinda thrilled to see your new post. It made me realize how I had missed your beautiful photographs and stories. I’m so glad to see you back and sorry you had a hard drive disaster.

  • nice picture. guess you got your machine back.

  • Gotta say, Glad you’re back, too!

  • I can’t speak for all of us shiny, black bike-shorts-wearing heathens, but I sure prefer to be road touring in dry weather than wet. Maybe it’s a question of perspective: the real Humboldt isn’t seen from the highway or even the Avenue. If only those whiny roadies would put in a day on a mountain bike and get out on some trails to explore hidden spectacles like this, they surely would be inspired to stick around, even settle down. Then you’d have a neighborhood of trail-building spandex troops whistling around the woods year round…. oh, wait….

    Thank goodness you’re back, Kym. That was unbearable.

  • What a spectacular way to announce your return 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your lost chapters.

  • Thank you Sophie, I’ll do that this weekend when I can download at night with free bandwidth. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile.

    Silverstar, I didn’t. I take it in RAW so I can mess with it on Lightroom and I don’t remember what I did but I rarely touch the color section so I know I didn’t do that. The main thing I did was soften it as if I had taken the photo with a soft focus filter. (I think because I don’t know what the heck I’m doing.)

    Ernie, the lost photos are gone but at least I have the blog photos which were the best except I lost the family photos which I didn’t tend to put up. That hurts.

    Kato, Hmmm. With such great biking neighbors, maybe I should have chosen another way of describing the basic city slickerness of this fellow. I should have described him as a smooth tire, smooth hand man? But I’m glad there aren’t any like him around here even if there are a few that wear spandex!

  • I didn’t take any offense (I think ‘heathen’ is a great word). Too bad about that roadie tourist’s experience, though. Did he have shaved legs? Maybe he was parched himself and it affected his attitude. I love the way the rolling hills turn gold in the summer, then regreen in the winter. Right now, it’s such a world of water, the creeks are full of inspirational scenes. You caught a great one!

  • Kato, I knew you didn’t but I was taken back at my own prejudices that I wasn’t being very aware of. Though amused at your reply, I thought I’d better rephrase myself and kind of enjoyed poking fun at how I have my little stereotypes that I don’t think through too clearly!

  • Yeah, you bloggers are all like that!

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