Mendocino County Pictures

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    Mendocino Coast

    Mendocino Coast, California
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    This photo tour takes you along the Mendocino County coast, starting south of Point Arena and ending at Fort Bragg.

    This coastal view is south of the town of Elk Cove, but is typical of much of the coast. The big rocks in the surf are called sea stacks. They're formed when a block of rock resists erosion more than the other rock around it.

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    Point Arena

    Point Arena Mendocino County
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    This rugged point is typical of the much of the Mendocino Coast, with steep oceanside cliffs, big rocks in the water and crashing waves.

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    Point Arena Lighthouse

    Point Arena Lighthouse
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    Elk Cove

    Elk Cove, Mendocino
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    One of the few sheltered coves along the Mendocino Coast, Elk Cove collects a lot of driftwood. Located just above it is the lovely Elk Cove Inn.

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    Town of Mendocino

    Mendocino at dawn
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    Tiny Mendocino looks like a New England town from this angle, and several films have been shot here that are really set on the East Coast, including The Russians Are Coming and the television program Murder She Wrote.

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    Water Tower in Mendocino

    Wooden Water Tower in Mendocino, CA
    © 2007 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    Water towers like this one are a characteristic part of Mendocino, and you'll see them scattered all over town.

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    Temple of Kwan Tai in Mendocino

    Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, Mendocino
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    A remembrance of the Chinese community who once lived in Mendocino, this temple is dedicated to the god of war. It has been maintained by the efforts of four generations of Chinese descendants, and is occasionally open to the public. It's at 45160 Albion St.

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    Best-Known Mendocino Landmark

    Masonic Temple in Mendocino
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    The Masonic Hall is one of Mendocino's oldest buildings, and the sculpture atop it is one of the town's most recognizable landmarks. Carved from a single piece of redwood, it depicts Father Time, a weeping woman and a book, but their symbolic meaning is known only to members of the lodge. Flippant observers have called it a monument to hairdressers and others who don't know its history are simply perplexed.

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    Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

    Point Cabrillo Light Station, California, USA
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    The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is one of the prettiest on the coast, and its restored keepers' quarters are available for rent. They also have a very nice small museum.

    Read about visiting the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

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    Rhododendron in Bloom

    Rhododendron Blooming in Mendocino County
    ©2007 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    Rhododendrons bloom all along the Mendocino Coast. This specimen was outside the Post Office in Elk, but could just as easily have been in the botanical garden or anywhere else along the coast.

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    Coast Botanical Garden

    Summer Flowers at the Coast Botanical Garden
    ©2007 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    One of the most unusual botanical gardens in California, Coast Botanical Gardens is home to many plants which can grow only in a small range of climate. It has many nice trails to walk on, and there's something to see here all year long. The above photo was taken in early June.

    Read about visiting the Coast Botanical Garden

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    Skunk Train

    Skunk Train from Fort Bragg to Willits, Mendocino County, California USA
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    One of the area's most popular things to do, the Skunk Train travels between Fort Bragg on the coast and Willits inland, passing through land owned by logging companies that is otherwise inaccessible. The engine shown here is a rare Motorcar, the only one of its kind still working. It's used on less-busy days.

    Read about riding the Skunk Train