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On the Dunes at Fort Ord - Monterey Bay, CA

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 10 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Ft Ord Dunes State Park is finally open. It occupies in part the site of the now demolished Stillwell Hall, well remembered by vets from WWII to Vietnam as the enlisted men's rec facility at Ft Ord. It succumbed to the erosion of the dunes a few years ago. The park had to go through a Super Fund Environmental cleanup, mostly due to lead from the firing ranges that occupied the shore side of the dunes.

Stillwell Hall was the creation of "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell who built this unique and superb rec facility for enlisted men. It was superior to most any officer's club at the time. It says a lot about "Vinegar Joe" and how he felt about the common soldier.

If you would like to see what Stillwell Hall looked like, and it's worth a look, follow this link

General Joe Stillwell is a story unto himself and for those so inclined, there is a wealth of information on line about him. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article about him ... well, am3 doesn't like to do two links, so just Google ""Vinegar Joe Stillwell."

I was glad to finally have access to the dunes without having to hike long distances through ankle deep sand up steep dunes.

This image was accidentally shot as a small jpg. I've done what I can to clean it up and make it presentable. (I see a little sensor crud up at the top right ... the heck with it :)

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/13.0 ISO 800 20 mm

The new web site is live.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific shot and commentary, John.

10 Apr 2009 12:07pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Your image and story are far more important than a little 'sensor crud' that only you see. :D

10 Apr 2009 12:15pm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

"Sensor crud" aside, it's a beautiful landscape. I love the deep blue water in the distance and the curve of the walkway! A wonderful narrative and I intend to read the article.

10 Apr 2009 12:22pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Thank you for the history behind this shot, John. I was sad when Stilwell had to come down, but I'm glad that the park came to be. I like the sweeping curve of the path, leading to the great clouds...

10 Apr 2009 12:23pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

thanks for the info on this place. I like the photo (jpeg or not) - the curving walk leads the eye into the scene and nicely separates the different textures in the image.

10 Apr 2009 3:08pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

You did pretty good with cleaning up the shot.... it looks like an awesome place, and thanks for the info too!!!

10 Apr 2009 7:15pm

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Great story and photo, love the curves of the pathway.

11 Apr 2009 11:42am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Interesting story and excellent photo. I like the curving path.

12 Apr 2009 11:39pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

John, this is a nice shot, small jpg and all. But where have you been? Hope all's well and that you had a good Easter.

13 Apr 2009 11:14am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

It seems like a beautiful place. I'm thinking the men that were stationed there were probably pretty pleased with their conditions, at least as far as their beautiful surroundings were concerned.

13 Apr 2009 12:58pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

To me it looks great! Beautiful place, interesting story behind this image. Thank you for sharing! :)

16 Apr 2009 5:21am

1/400 second
ISO 800
20 mm