Skully the Protector

Backroad Skully

Backroad Skully


Many of the guys (and gals) riding motards on the roads of the Santa Cruz Mountains, especially around Alice’s, will recognize this skull that has been carved into a rock on the side of the road. Did I say road? At only one lane wide in most parts, it’s more like a goat trail winding its way through the hills. With its many switchback turns and short straights, I don’t come through here often on my sportbike.

I don’t know what the origin of this skull is, though it has changed a little over the years. On an August night shoot while trying to find a remote spot that was not polluted with light from the nearby towns, we set up shop right in front of ol’ Skully here and attempted to get some shots of the Perseids meteor shower. Looking back to see this skull staring at me at about 1 o’clock in the morning weirded me out a little, but I was convinced that he had our back as Paul kept mentioning recent mountain lion sightings.

2 Responses to “Skully the Protector”

  1. So this is a night shot? Sweet…
    I like the broken front tooth.

  2. Joe Ercoli says:

    Nope, sorry, maybe I wasn't clear in my post. Skully gave me an eerie feeling on a night shoot that took place on the road in front of him, but this shot was taken just last weekend during the day. Thanks for your comment and checking out the blog!

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