Here's what the Iverson Movie Ranch obsession is all about ...

For an introduction to this blog and to the obsession a growing number of vintage film and TV fans have with the Iverson Movie Ranch — the most widely filmed outdoor location in movie and TV history — please read the site's introductory post, found here.
• Here's a link to Garden of the Gods, the best-known section of the Iverson Movie Ranch (featured in the movie "Stagecoach," the "Lone Ranger" TV show and hundreds of other productions).
• To find other rock features or look up movie titles, TV shows, actors and production people, see the "labels" section — the long alphabetical listing on the right side of the page, below
• To go right to the great Iverson cinematographers, click here.
• I've also begun a YouTube channel for Iverson Movie Ranch clips and other movie location videos, which you can get to by clicking here.
• If you know of a way I can set up this blog so readers can subscribe to receive future posts via email, please let me know. In the meantime there's a link all the way at the bottom of this page that says "Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)," and if you're inclined to try it, it seems to take you into a world of customizable home pages or something, and you can have blog updates as a part of that page ... whether this is useful to you, who knows, but I thought I'd let you know it's there.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Classic Rock: It's not a Rock Lobster, it's a Rock Cockatoo (or "Rockatoo") — You see it, right?

This blog post is part of a series on "Classic Rocks" — sandstone giants located on the site of the former Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., most of which were featured in old movies, cliffhanger serials and early TV shows. The rock in the spotlight for this entry might be considered a "sleeper," not just because of its horizontal orientation but also because it has yet to be spotted in a movie. Other entries in the "Classic Rock" series can be seen by clicking here.

The Rock Cockatoo, or "Rockatoo" — at the bottom of the frame

Here's an Iverson character that the viewer may or may not "choose" to see. I suppose it's akin to those "magic eye" pictures that have a picture hidden within the picture, but you have to relax your eyes to be able to see it. To me, the Rock Cockatoo (or "Rockatoo") is as plain as day, ready to jump up and start chirping. In the photo above, the Rock Cockatoo is seen at the bottom of the picture, oriented horizontally. This rock figure is found in the widely filmed South Rim area of the Upper Iverson Ranch, but back a ways from where most of the movie action took place. I haven't spotted it in a movie yet.

Here's a photo of a sulphur-crested cockatoo for comparison.

In case you're having trouble finding the Rock Cockatoo in the shot at the top of this post, here's a detail from that photo showing just the cockatoo. The "eye" — which is a dark circle in both the real bird and its rock counterpart — is probably a good starting point for finding the bird's features, with the distinctive crack in the rock, above and to the right of the eye, forming much of the "bird's" bill. You may notice that the Rock Cockatoo also has a bit of that lovely yellow plume at the top of its head.