Walking among the Redwoods of Northern California.
Video with a new app, a new gimbal, and a semi-new lens didn’t quite pan out. But a few hours along the mile-long Redwood Loop Trail puts things in perspective. It’s easy to feel small at the feet of giants.
Two dayhikes, a week apart, took me through four parks and preserves at the intersection of California Highway 9 and Skyline Boulevard. The next weekend I returned for a dramatic sunset.
Here are some of my recent experiments in composition with a new wide-angle lens.
I didn’t expect this newly-opened preserve, an easy drive from San Jose, to have up to 40,000 hikers.
In June 2019 I joined a Bay-area-based hiking meetup called “Sleep Late and Hike.” We met at one of my favorite state parks for a 10.5 mile hike to Maple Falls and back. Seven hours later we’d hiked closer to 13 miles, then returned to Aptos, CA for a festive dinner.
During a long weekend I ventured to a state beach to see a shipwreck, one of my favorite state forests, and improvised a trip along Highway 1 to parts unknown.
The first decently-warm weather of the season drew me to a redwoods preserve just south of San Francisco, within sight of the Pacific Ocean.
The weather gave me more than I expected when I took my new wide-angle lens to photograph some of the largest trees in the world.
I went south to escape mid-July heat, and discovered a wonderful forest that I didn’t want to leave.