Sonoma / Mendocino - Jim Nevill Photography
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Caritas Creek

In Occidental, CA there are a number of watersheds that flood during heavy rains. In the summer they mostly dry up but during the winter months they run with fervor, heading to either the Russian River or Salmon Creek - both of which eventually reach the Pacific Ocean. This creek runs near a place that I used to work called Caritas, founded by a group of innovative women in the 70's who are among the pioneers of the environmental education movement. Imagine being a middle school student and learning concepts like water cycles, redwood ecology and hydrology at a place like this...a lasting impression is inevitable.