Autumn's Avenue



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People come from all over the world to view our towering redwoods on the Avenue of the Giants but here,  at the Southern entrance, the nearly defunct hamlet of Sylvandales, the beauty is more golden and intimate than that of the prehistoric ferns and gigantic trees of the State parks.

In the center left of the photo is probably the most stared at freeway underpass column on the Northcoast.  A ladder of numbers and lines awaits to measure the flood waters that rise every year.  During bad storms, locals pause and calculate anxiously how many more feet must the Eel River rise until their home, their road, their life is impacted.

Behind the column across the river is the vestige of an old pulley system that carried people and goods across from bank to bank many years ago before there was a bridge.



  • I understand. I lived for ten years in Whatcom, Co. WA, where the local nursery used to have a “pre-flood sale” every October, because when the “pineapple express” came through, the Nooksack River would flood. And then you have to find another way into the big town. And good luck with that.

  • That’s a beautiful capture, Kym. Simply gorgeous – love the reflection of the tree in the water. Floodwaters have never been an issue for me, thankfully. Earthquakes and tornados, yes (different parts of the country).

  • What a beautiful reflection photo. You really captured Fall.

  • I’m so glad you’re capturing this fall’s foliage displays. This photo almost looks like it’s turning from green to gold to dropping all at once. The water gives it a surreal glow, too. Elegant.

  • Somehow I have missed this particular view as I have traveled back and forth in to town. I will have to make a point of stopping at the bridge on my next trip south just to breathe in the beauty of this Autumn scene.

    Hasn’t this been a beautiful Fall?

  • what a great fall photo. I am really hoping to get to the Avenue of the Giants next year. 🙂

  • Beautiful, Kym… I’ve never figured out wht that tree is. Not a maple, not an Oregon Ash. I have to admit I’ve never walked over to check. The cable car thingie is still used by some State guys every year. Department of Water Resources, I think. They have a rain guage and river level site online: Very useful when there’s a flood threat.

  • Well that doesn’t work tho I typed it correctly. Frustrating.

  • I have to confess a little trick I learned. The roof of my car makes a wonderful reflection for colorful landscapes. That isn’t water just metal.

    Ben, If you can figure out how to point me to that link I would love to have it.

  • Elizabeth, when you come, let me know. I would love to meet you and show you our neck of the woods.

  • I was in love with the photo when I thought it was water – to find out it was the roof of your car (clever girl) just makes it better. You have a great eye and see outside the box – here’s a great quote for you: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

  • Thanks Steve, I have to admit, I am kind of proud of this since I figured it out myself. I once used the roof of my car to steady the camera while I took a sunset photo and discovered what a lovely softening effect the reflection had on the whole photo.

    I love your quote. It works for life of course but it really does fit especially well with photography.

  • Well, dang if I didn’t think it was some unnaturally calm pond or something too! Is your car silver, Kym? I didn’t think white would make such a “natural” looking reflection.

    3 words, Kym: YOU ARE GOOD!

  • It’s so beautiful, Kym. I am amazed that’s the top of your car!

    And Alaska Steve, that is a wonderful quote. I’m going to file it away in my inspirational bag of tricks. I’m forever trying to put that very thought into words, with Kym’s photos and with Jack’s. You have a good eye or you really see things, those are the best efforts I could make. Thoreau said it so much better!

  • Kym… I’m wrong about the tree. It is a maple. If you use my lnk then hit the query tab, go to single station query and enter mrd in the box. That will take you to the station and you can bookmark it. It shows rainfall, river depth and flows. Incredibly cool for a guy who has a pump in the river. Now obsolete with my newly drilled well. Yay!
    PS I could not figure out the water reflection. Clever.

  • Heather, it’s metallic gray and thank you very much!

    Indie, thank you. Jack is much better than I am. His latest, especially the heron, are amazing.

    Ben, thank you. I snagged it for my bookmarks. I’m sure I will be using that this winter.

  • Fooled me! My first thought when viewing the photo was that I had no idea there was that much water in the Eel River already.

    Should this photo be tagged as a Trompe-l’œil photograph?

    A beautful picture.

  • I like the idea of Trompe-l’oeil photography–I may have to try some others.

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