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.