I was playing around with photos and my blog and had an ah ha moment.
The color palette for a day at the beach matched that for a day miles inland at a old ranch turned into park land. At the beach you have sand, water and waves. On the ranch, desiccated grass, sky and clouds. The elements may be arranged differently, but the colors are so similar. To me it is the colors of late fall in southern California.
I am going to start an occasional series featuring places I love. And what better place to start with than Ruskin’s View in Kirkby Lonsdale, England. The viewpoint, named for the Victorian art critic and painter, John Ruskin, was made famous in a watercolor by J.W.Turner (and yes, I am named after him in a round about way).
“I do not know in all my own country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine, or a more priceless possession of true ‘Holy Land’ (John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera, 1875)
Every time I get home to England I visit at least once. It’s a short walk through the parish churchyard to the path that sits high above the River Lune as it winds towards the sea. The moorland, farmland, trees and river are much as Turner painted them in 1816. Perhaps the biggest change is the hot pink farm out-building — painted that color as a protest by the local farmer to planning restrictions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park!
It’s a peaceful scene. Not grand in any way but it remains as captivating as when Turner and Ruskin gazed upon it.