I think it's the fog that gives the feeling of remoteness. This was only a few days after the huge fire that we had that didn't burn this area. If you could see the opposite side of this shot, you would see the totally charred hillside.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."