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photoblog image Sketches From The West Coast: Roofs of Carmel

Sketches From The West Coast: Roofs of Carmel

...or The Mother of All Chimneys

There is as much difference between little towns of California and Alabama as between a fashionable art gallery and the Rick & Bubba's Museum of Wonder. I did not plan to visit the tiny seaside town of Carmel, but after watching Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, a 1971 erotic thriller "Play Misty for Me" (a precursor to the "Fatal Attraction" and "Basic Instinct"), decided to ask my friends to take me there. I think this cute seaside village of artists, poets, writers, and musicians has more restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, and wine cellars than the residents. I hoped, if luck would have it, to see the maestro himself at his restaurant "The Hog's Breath Inn" . An accomplished jazz musician, he occasionally shows up there to sit at the piano. One can feel Eastwood's presence all over the town, where he served as a mayor back in 1980s.  The luck didn't have it this time, but as they say in California "I'll be back". 

Sketches From The West Coast: Roofs of Carmel

...or The Mother of All Chimneys

There is as much difference between little towns of California and Alabama as between a fashionable art gallery and the Rick & Bubba's Museum of Wonder. I did not plan to visit the tiny seaside town of Carmel, but after watching Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, a 1971 erotic thriller "Play Misty for Me" (a precursor to the "Fatal Attraction" and "Basic Instinct"), decided to ask my friends to take me there. I think this cute seaside village of artists, poets, writers, and musicians has more restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, and wine cellars than the residents. I hoped, if luck would have it, to see the maestro himself at his restaurant "The Hog's Breath Inn" . An accomplished jazz musician, he occasionally shows up there to sit at the piano. One can feel Eastwood's presence all over the town, where he served as a mayor back in 1980s.  The luck didn't have it this time, but as they say in California "I'll be back". 

comments (16)

Ange and I watched Play misty for me many years ago on TV. We had no idea what it was going to be about. It is actually a very good film and has a nightmarish quality to it. This is a wonderfully odd roof and chimney.
vz-nostalgia: It seems Eastwood gets better with every film he shoots. He's like a good wine, which tastes better as it ages. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jan 2009, 10:34
If I didn't know you better Viktor, I would have thought this had been photoshopped! Play Misty for Me is a fine film. Did you go to the next town along Pacific Grove? Blackdog and I went there years ago, as well as Monterey, but I don't rember going to Carmel. It was my first and only sight of the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean - memorable.
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: Yep. We spent a few hours in Pacific Grove and Monterey. I remembr taking a few shots of birds and weird see weed there. I need to dig deep into my archive to find them. smile I'd like to go to Monterey during the jazz festival one year (as well as to Montreux smile).
Almost everyone, who looked at this picture told me I photoshopped it. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Jan 2009, 11:08
Great roof and chimmney
vz-nostalgia: have to agree with you on that, vintage. smile
Yes indeed this chimney is amazing !!
vz-nostalgia: I think we can refer to it as Her Majesty The Queen of Chimneys, Zeb. smile
Fascinating image, amazing chimney and roof design. It's like something out of a mystical story. Excellent capture!
vz-nostalgia: A touch of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, maybe? smile
  • DenisSm
  • Czech Republic
  • 13 Jan 2009, 20:06
Seems, like some experts from here made it...sometimes you can find ppl here, that will try convince you it`s a perfect smile)). Great.i love this
vz-nostalgia: Looks like Czech Republic is full of crafty handymen, Denny. smile
id be proud if i had built that chimney Victor. Lovely composition.
vz-nostalgia: Okay Tim, I'll take you at your word. When I'm ready to build my next house, I know who to hire to build the chimney. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Jan 2009, 02:27
Perhaps Disney corp gets some inspiration from this gorgeous roof.

I enjoyed your narrative even more than the excellent image, VZ.
vz-nostalgia: This could've been an inspiration for Walt Disney, but for Disney Corp. I'm afraid a true inspiration is a dollar bill, Ray. smile
  • ÁDD
  • 14 Jan 2009, 10:01
Seems Hundertwasser architecture.
Nice image, very curious.
vz-nostalgia: I haven't though about it, but it does, doesn't it? Though, this stuff looks more organic, than the organized mechanical chaos of Hundertwasser's buildings. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Jan 2009, 10:19
Interesting reading- yes, I thought of Hundertwasser's architecture too- nice title: "The Mother of All Chimneys"- we need some such playful- artists-crazy- alternative- funny places on our mostly so serious world!
vz-nostalgia: "...we need some such playful- artists-crazy- alternative- funny places on our mostly so serious world!' And when we get them, folks start to complain that they don't fit with the surrounding environment. Isn't that was the leitmotif in most of the comments to my post "A Professional Impotence" (including yours, Philine smile)
http://nostalgia.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Zyrynology%3A_A_Professional_Impotence%A3%21%3Bquestion%A3%21%3B_/
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jan 2009, 13:33
Something went wrong with your lens - an attack of nostalgia maybe? Great wobble smile

I remember Misty - a sure indication of age smile
vz-nostalgia: There was no vaseline on my lens, I swear, Louis. smile Let's leave it to Mal.
We don't hide our age, do we Louis? And we don't run from it either, or should we? smile
What a peculiar placeVik: you have captured it very well. I remember Clint Eastwood being mayor: he must have a sense of public service
vz-nostalgia: "...he must have a sense of public service" smile He sure does. smile Just read this line from Wikipedia:
"Eastwood has been married twice and has five daughters and two sons by five different women".
I really like the wavy lines!
vz-nostalgia: Apparently, they hate straight lines in Carmel, California. smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2009, 23:40
My reality often looks like this Z, slightly weird and very often hard to make sense of!... A very shapely mother even if it is a chimney!. mal
vz-nostalgia: LOL, Mal. Oftentimes reality beats the crap out of fiction. smile
Shapely... ha-ha, I hear you. Nothing pleases a man's eye better than a good curve. smile
  • Dale Brackeen
  • United States
  • 16 Jan 2009, 14:16
I love this shot. The photo has this curious surreal character, like a toned down Dali painting.It is mesmerizing, makes it hard to stop staring at it.
Yeay! At last - somewhere I have actually visited! I loved Carmel, such a `quirky` place. This beautiful image illustrates that perfectly. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: when was it that you visited Carmel, Roz?
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