Friday, June 17, 2016


“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” - Martin Luther
big trees

From Mt Shasta we made a loop south, out to the coast, north to Crescent City, and then back across to Jacksonville. Our main stop on this loop was Redwoods National Park. We walked the trail at Lady Bird Johnson Grove. I love big trees but they are a difficult subject to photograph!

Shelley laughed at me because I didn't even make it out of the parking lot without taking photos. This is a little warped from making a panorama from several shots.

tall tree

The trees are so old that they have survived many fires and other incidents over the years. This big one was hollowed out and burnt, but still standing strong.

burnt out tree

Looking up inside:

inside burnt out tree

Getting a person in the picture is one way to provide perspective.

Shelley and big trees

Another is to look up, way up!

big trees

The big trees tend to shade out most other growth on the forest floor, but there was still plenty to see. The ferns were lush and green.

sun on trees and ferns


And the lichen was thick on some of the branches. (tinted b&w)

backlit lichen

The birds were singing, but too far up to see. Not many other critters apart from this snail crossing the trail.


These flowers were common, I think they're Douglas Iris

Douglas Iris

The rhododendrons were past their peak but still had a few flowers.


There were also quite a few small wildflowers of various kinds.


We also stopped on the coast before heading inland again


For more of these photos, see all 50 as a slideshow or overview

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