The Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

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The Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

I took this picture while hiking down a hiking/equestrian trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains earlier this week.  If you look to the left of this trail, notice how these Coast Redwood trees are growing in a circle.

What you can’t see is the trees are growing around a stump of an old growth Coast Redwood that was cut probably more than 100 years ago.  One of the secrets of the longevity of our Coast Redwoods is that new trees will will sprout from the shallow roots of the “mother” tree…even if it has been cut down!  In fact, a DNA sample would reveal that these trees growing in a circle are genetically identical!

For more great hiking through the fantastic redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, try the trails through some of my favorite open space preserves and state parks:

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve – Pursima Creek Trail

Big Basin Redwoods State Park – Berry Creek Loop

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park – Redwood Grove Loop Trail

 

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops

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The Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops

I had a hard time with this photo challenge.  A hard time because when I get home from one of my hike’s, download my pictures from my trusty Nikon into Picasa 3, and review them….well, let’s just say that there are always 1 or 2…or more pictures where I say, “Oops!”  LOL

I took this horrible picture in the beautiful Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Northern California.  Our daughter Casie had to complete a writing assignment describing something in it’s natural environment.  Naturally (no pun intended), I thought of visiting the ancient coast redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the western edge of Silicon Valley.  This particular trail, the Redwood Grove Loop Trail, takes you through some beautiful old growth Coast Redwoods.

I intended my picture to come out like this one:

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Although, as you can see, I still didn’t get the mottled sunlight drifting through the forest canopy correct.  Oops.

I’ve got to work on my outdoor photography skills where the light is mixed like this in the forest.  This picture of Casie sitting on a redwood log that has been made into a bench, surrounded by redwoods and bay trees, is the best shot I took on this day.  A day I really enjoyed…even if it was a day filled with oops.

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Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

The Thursday Picture – Giant Jacket Giant Redwoods


Our youngest daughter had an English writing assignment that required her to go out into nature and record her observations.

Fortunately, we live close to the Redwoods here in California.  Even though it was a cold and wet day, we decided to go to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to hike among the old growth redwoods.

She found a great “study hall” across from the John C. Fremont tree.  She also borrowed my jacket…it can get cool in the shade of 250 foot tall redwoods!

Where are you doing your homework this week?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

The Thursday Picture – Sometimes you just get lucky

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Sometimes, when I’m out hiking, I have problems with the light, with the sun being in the “wrong place,” or with the really interesting shot being just beyond the range of my lens.

And sometimes, when I’m out hiking, I just lift up my trusty Nikon D40, frame my picture, and press down on the shutter with very little adjustment.

Today’s Thursday Picture courtesy of the North Ridge Trail at the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains above San Jose/Silicon Valley.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.