The location: Following Boyd
Here is a Google StreetView Panorama of that palm tree road:
In that shot, Dexter is heading east on E. Hueneme Road and turns south down that dirt road.
That road is
only about a third of a mile west of Pacific Coast Highway.
Here is a Google StreetView Panorama of that eucalyptus tree road:
I have my suspicions, but I'm waiting to see the next two episodes before making up my mind about just where they shot it.
Right now, my hunch is that it's an amalgamation of several locations. It looks like they came to the Oxnard area to shoot those swamp scenes, but may have opted instead to shoot most of them at another spot, much closer to home.
If you follow
that second road south, for about a mile, you will come to the wetlands
area near Point Mugu Naval Base, and a swampy-looking pond that might (I
add might) have been one of the locations where they filmed. But it's a
hard thing to verify...
one or both of these dirt roads may well be private roads on private
farm property, and if so, driving on them might constitute trespassing. I haven't been
there in person to check, but on StreetView I believe I see a "No Trespassing"
sign posted on a chain-link on the other side of that irrigation ditch. So
mind those signs.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I had already figured out the dead raccoon location. Based on glimpses of farm land in the background, I assumed that these roads might also be in the Oxnard area.
So I started my search at that raccoon location. I used Bing's Birds-Eye View to look for palm trees, specifically, a long row of tall, trimmed palm trees.
I didn't have far to look. I found it just a short distance from the dead raccoon road.
And it wasn't hard to confirm that they were the same palms. Count the palm trees along the road in that shot, starting from the right, and you'll see that the 7th palm tree is a tiny runt.. Now, compare that to the row of palm trees seen in the Bing Birds-Eye photo, and you'll find the same little palm tree, seven from the right.
When I came
to the right road, all of those elements were there - although it took
some careful looking to see them from StreetView. They did that shot
with a long lens that greatly compressed the apparent distance between
objects, so that overhanging limb, which looks like it's right next to
the road, is actually a bit closer to the irrigation ditch. And that slanted
power wire descends into that ditch... Finally, in one shot, at the far end
of that road, you can see a farm house with two narrow trees next door.
Bing aerial photos show that farm house to be right where it should be...
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