Running fingers over the top of the grass — It's pretty much a given anytime I'm walking through an open field.
In my opinion, redwoods look their best in a thick fog. With rain in the forecast for first time in quite a while, I headed up to Jedediah Smith State Park in Del Norte county where some of the nicest coastal redwoods are growing. The following photos are from a particularly aesthetic grove along the Boy Scout Tree trail.
The second part of my trip found me driving along highway 138, the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway. Once you pass the small town of Glide, it seems like every 10 miles there is a sign for a waterfall. The waterfalls in this section of the forest are, for the most part, very accessible. With parking lots right off the highway, a quick hike will get you to a number of waterfalls of varying formations. You can find more information about these falls by visiting the Umpqua National Forest or Roseburg BLM websites.
Sunset outside of Bishop, California.
I was on the upper Trinity River this last week for the opening of the fly-only waters below the Lewiston dam. Everybody seemed to be having a great time and there were plenty of steelhead in the water.
Sunrise near the mouth of the Klamath River.
Took this photo in Yosemite, where the animals there have no fear of humans.
A group of climbers in Yosemite. Just below the great roof on El Cap.
I really enjoy shooting the waves with a slow shutter speed. I typically go about shooting this way in the evening, and with a shutter speed of about 1/2 - 1 second, I pan the camera along with the wave. You have to take a lot of shots, but it does a good job of showing the energy that is moving through the water.
In addition to the geological wonders located in the park, there are equally impressive traces of ancient human culture. It is estimated that the area was first inhabited nearly 13,000 years ago. Because of this, the park is one of the most diverse archeological sites in the southwest. These photos were taken at Newspaper Rock and Puerco Peublo.
Below are some images from the Painted Desert. The Painted Desert is a desert of badlands in the Four Corners area of Arizona, some of which extends in to the Petrified Forest National park. Declared a national park in 1962 to preserve the broad representation of a Late Triassic paleo-ecosystem, the park contains a wide variety of things to check out: the Painted Hills are an interesting geological sight, petrified wood and other fossils, and evidence of human culture dating back 13,000 years.