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Morro Rock California

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Aug 4, 2020


This edition is a stunning photographic survey capturing the diversity and varied perspectives of the sacred monolith. Morro Rock is the most prominent of the Nine Sister mountain range located within San Luis Obispo County and fronts a beachfront gateway to the city of Morro Bay, California.

The ancient sacred rock is geographically termed a protruding plug rising from the Pacific Ocean. A volcanic plug can also be called a neck as it is an object formed when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. A man-made causeway and harbor connects the rock with the shore giving it the resemblance of an island. Morro Rock was initially surrounded by water but the northern channel’s harbor was later created from its sediment.

The indigenous Salinan and Chumash tribes considered Morro Rock to be a sacred site. It is speculated that the Chumash settlements date back to the Millingstone Horizon era (6500-2000 B.C). Both tribes’ members are given the right to climb Morro Rock for their annual solstice ceremony, a privilege denied to the general public.

The Salinan’s legend behind the rock is based on the recounting of a time when hawk and raven combined to destroy a two-headed serpent called Taliyekatapelta as he wrapped his body around the base of the rock.

Although heralded by the original native residents, 18th century Spanish explorers christened Morro Rock. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo likely viewed the rock during his Pacific maritime expedition in 1542. The Spanish Portola expedition charting Alta California arrived in September 1769 into the Los Osos Valley and camped in the Morro Bay territory. This Portola group was also responsible for the mapping of the Los Angeles El Pueblo settlement further south.

A Franciscan missionary and expedition member, Juan Crespi is credited with naming rights by identifying the roundish navigational stone as a morro (Spanish word for rounded head). Morro Rock has since served as an important and critical navigational landmark. The rock was quarried between 1889 until 1969 and the stone used as material for the breakwater of Morro Bay and Port San Luis Harbor (adjacent to Avila Beach). Reason ultimately prevailed and the rock is currently legally protected from further destruction.

The western view of Morro Rock is intimately visible only from an aerial or Pacific Ocean vantage perspective. The entrance to Morro Harbor is considered extremely treacherous and has proved monstrous to generations of piloting boatmen.

Morro Rock is but one of thirteen ancient volcanic plugs that stretch submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean into distinctive peaks along Highway 101 just south of San Luis Obispo. The nine visible names affectionately called the Nine Sisters include Morro Rock (581’), Black Hill (665’), Cerro Cabrillo (911’), Hollister Peak (1404’), Cerro Romauldo (1306’), Chumash Peak (1257’), Bishop Peak (1292’), Cerro San Luis (1292’) and Islay Hill (775’). Each can be mounted with the exception of Morro Rock.

Aug 4, 2020

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Visual Artist, Writer and Photographer Marques Vickers is a California native presently living in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, Washington regions.He was born in 1957 and raised in Vallejo, California. He is a 1979 Business Administration graduate from Azusa Pacific University in the Los Angeles area. Following graduation, he became the Public Relations and ultimately Executive Director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce between 1979-84. He subsequently became the Vice President of Sales for AsTRA Tours and Travel in Westwood between 1984-86.Following a one-year residence in Dijon, France where he studied at the University of Bourgogne, he began Marquis Enterprises in 1987. His company operations have included sports apparel exporting, travel and tour operations, wine brokering, publishing, rare book and collectibles reselling. He has established numerous e-commerce, barter exchange and art websites including MarquesV.com, ArtsInAmerica.com, InsiderSeriesBooks.com, DiscountVintages.com and WineScalper.com.Between 2005-2009, he relocated to the Languedoc region of southern France. He concentrated on his painting and sculptural work while restoring two 19th century stone village residences. His figurative painting, photography and sculptural works have been sold and exhibited internationally since 1986. He re-established his Pacific Coast residence in 2009 and has focused his creative productivity on writing and photography.His published works span a diverse variety of subjects including true crime, international travel, California wines, architecture, history, Southern France, Pacific Coast attractions, fiction, auctions, fine art marketing, poetry, fiction and photojournalism.He has two daughters, Charline and Caroline who presently reside in Europe.

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Morro Rock

Between January and May 2015, I had the opportunity to daily observe the Nine Sister mountain range located within San Luis Obispo County, California. The most prominent sister, Morro Rock, fronts a beachfront gateway to the city of Morro Bay.

The ancient sacred rock is geographically termed a protruding plug rising from the Pacific Ocean. A volcanic plug can also be called a neck as it is an object formed when magma hardens within a vent

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