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The Stout Redwood Grove

August 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Up early and on our way to the visitor center where we got the low down on the what and where in the parks,  There are State Parks as well as the National Park system and all is free to the public.  Road signs are plentiful and we found it very easy to get to the sites. 

The Stout Grove is a short drive and we were into the perimeter woods in just 15 minutes.  Not much sun gets through this canopy so you are immersed immediately in the woodsy atmosphere.

We just stopped the truck and all got out to get a better view and take a few pics.  It is about another 4 miles to the older larger trees.  There is a bigger parking area at Stout that has a 1/2 mile walking loop that is flat and an easy walk.  The trees are breath taking.  Words cannot describe the feeling one gets when at the foot of these giants. The average age is 500-700 years old going up to 1500 YO for a few of the largest ones. 

Barbara, Christopher, Michael and Jonathan posing for me.

It is said that much of the northern part of North America was covered with Redwoods at one time.  We were thinking about the forest floor being composed of the remains of these giants from millions of years in the past.

The next photos show the relative size of the trees.  The floor of the forest is mostly ferns and free of scrub, vines etc.    By the way, I used a 15mm lens with a full frame digital Sony a7R for these photos.  It is the only way to capture the full height of these scenes.  I also used HDR to help deal with backlighting.  Otherwise the foreground shadows would have been too dark to see details.

Most trees have a vertical heavily grooved bark however this one pictured below was an odd one with an unusual pattern.

All this and 4 hours disappeared in a minute.  After lunch in town, back to the beach for some photo experimentation and to top it all off, Christopher, Michael and I went for a late night photo session with the heavens captured in red.  One heck of a nice day for all.

Thanks for viewing Day 2.  Prints and Giclee's of any of these photos are available by contacting John at [email protected]

 


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