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.

The Thursday Picture – Lunch Time View at the Pinnacles NP

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The Thursday Picture – Lunch Time View at Pinnacles National Park in California.

No special camera tricks.  No tripod used.  No “selfie stick”.

I just found a shady part of the High Peaks Loop trail, sat down on a big old piece of an ancient volcano, and ate lunch.  Did I mention that I had a pretty good view from my lunch spot?

I am looking forward to my next trip to Pinnacles National Park.

Where are you hiking this weekend?  I was able to get a permit to hike in La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve this weekend!

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

Hike No. 2 – February 3rd, 2013 – Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

For Hike No. 2, I chose one of my favorite places to hike:  Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve  http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_rancho_san_antonio.asp

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This Moderately difficult hike of 6.1 miles along the PG&E/Wildcat Loop/High Meadow/Rogue Valley Trails touched just a fraction of the Preserve’s 23 miles of trails.  If you have kids, the Deer Hollow Farm, located at the lower base of the Preserve, is a great place to visit!

I’m up to 10.3 total miles…only 189.7 to go!