This blog chronicles the importance of and efforts to return to Mother Earth in spirit and in body. This journey is not one of primitivism or reenactment of an earlier age. It's hope is to inspire me to find the middle ground between necessities of the 21st Century, the need to find a simpler way of life, and our ethical responsibility to protect the land and preserve our natural resources.

Friday, May 28, 2010

To a Cabin

“You feel every wave,” wrote Dorothea Lange.

Lange, who died in 1965, was the famed photo- journalist whose series of Depression-era black-and- white portraits are now icons of American art.

The rustic retreat that Ms. Lange and her family leased each summer near Stinson Beach in Marin County, California is stuff from which dreams are made. Her tiny cabin, purchased on stilts, is surrounded by a 180-degree view of blue water and pounding surf. To Lange, the cabins symbolized freedom, a theme she tried to capture in the more than 1,000 photographs taken during her time there. The result was a book entitled To a Cabin that shows Lange’s young family cavorting in the sand, climbing boulders, and exploring the cliffs.

“It became a special place to be together,” she wrote. “[The cabin] made us all feel, the moment we went over the brow of the that hill, a certain sense of—not peace particularly or enjoyment—[but] freedom.”

California State Parks maintains the Lange cabin and seven others that are open to the public at Steep Ravine. The cabins, which belong to the Mount Tamalpais State Park, can be leased for up to a week. Reservations are encouraged several months in advance.


Blogger John said...

This seems like a book that I will read.. thanks Mark

Monday, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous Jay Morthland said...

It makes me feel wistful thinking of such a place. Having spent time on Stinson Beach several times in the 80's and early 90's I know the beauty of the area first hand. It would be phenomenal being at that cabin...and Mt. Tamalpais is one of my favorite places on earth.
Definitely a book to look for.

Friday, January 11, 2008  

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