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Laguna de Santa Rosa Scenes

posted Jan 12, 2012, 2:54 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 8:38 AM ]

Santa Rosa Creek: A place I hardly knew

Across from Giffen Aveune

From Ludwig Avenue #4

From Ludwig Avenue #3

Looking at Amy's

Near Fresno Avenue Looking South

Near Yuba Avenue

Laguna de Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Creek was a place I hardly knew, even though I have resided near it for nearly twenty years. Embodying the 19th century transcendental belief that beauty, and ultimately truth, await discovery in familiar, intimate surroundings, I traced the 22 miles of Santa Rosa Creek, from its headwaters in Hood Mountain Regional Park to its joining the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Creek marked the beginning of a now ongoing larger project: to photograph all the tributaries of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, encompassing a 250 square mile watershed. Following the adage that we all live downstream, the health of the Laguna is directly related the the health of the entire watershed.

The second phase of this project follows Roseland Creek, originating near Highway 101 and flowing through the Roseland district of Santa Rosa. Other phases will include Mark West Creek, Porter Creek, Windsor Creek, Blucher Creek, Colgan Creek, Copeland Creek, Hinebaugh Creek and Gravenstein Creek.

These photographs not only explore the physical landscape where we live, but also the anthropocentric and dualist nature of modernity. This dualistic attitude can best be seen in the cultural construct of wilderness. Wilderness, by definition, gives privilege to some parts of nature at the expense of others. An important issue for me is how to translate the positive values we embody in wilderness to the places where we live. The place we call home.