Mendocino Stories



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Mendocino is a magical area of rare beauty.
A gathering place, she attracts kindred spirits -
nature lovers, poets, artists, musicians, writers,
and lefties abound.
Our stories editor is John Birchard, local professional photographer,
fine woodworker
. and full time resident.
He lives in Mendocino. Read his Editor's Statement HERE

If you wish to join our company of artists,
please see our submission guidelines. CLICK HERE

Here are our photographers:

John Birchard

John Birchard -

I studied magazine and photo journalism at the University of Kansas in the 1970's, and moved to Los Angeles after college where I briefly worked in television.

My wife Barbara and I left Los Angeles in 1975 and soon found ourselves living on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California, building a house, raising a family. I spent many years making my living as a woodworker and furniture maker. My interest in photography, eventually re-surfaced, and I studied studio photography with Jess Shirley at the College of the Redwoods.  I started my own studio at my home in Mendocino in 1985.

We contribute and support by our participation:
The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
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Risa Marie

Risa Marie Hanson-Claypool -

I am currently a Junior at Mendocino Community High School, and am turning 17 in December. I was adopted at birth, and have three siblings, two sisters and one brother. For my entire life, I've lived with my mom, and my dad and a handful of pets. While family remains a huge part of my life, my friends, reign most important. Without them, I wouldn't be the person whom I've grown to be.

I love animals, photography, and the beach. I've been taking pictures for years, and really enjoy it. For a while, I fell out of my picture taking, but gradually fell right back in. Flowers have always been my favorite subject. The colors, shape and sizes continue to amaze me. I also have a weakness for landscapes, and living in Mendo, there has never been a shortage of those.


Bruce Patterson

Bruce Patterson -

"I bought my first camera when my first son was born in 1978. Neither he nor his kid brother enjoyed getting their pictures took so, over time, more and more I turned my lense on landscapes and pioneer relics. I became fascinated with the interplays of shape, light and shadow. Because for over thirty years I worked outdoors across the length and breadth of Anderson Valley, and since I usually kept my camera in my truck, every once in a while I'd get lucky and capture an image worth showing. Also, given the changes the valley has gone through during that time, I caught a number of scenes that no longer exist."

One of the best coffeehouses in Fort Bragg is one of the best music venues for music.
Visit The Headlands Coffee House on Laurel Street in Fort Bragg, CA
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