Rainy Day in the Redwoods

May 28, 2022

The next day was a day of showers. I wore my rain jacket and that was enough to keep me dry since it wasn’t a heavy rain and it wasn’t constant. I was excited to be able to use my camera umbrella for the first time. With the rain and overcast the forest was quite dark.

Light in the Forest
87mm, 1/6 sec at f/11, ISO 640

I was drawn to this old partially hollowed-out redwood and photographed it the previous year. This year, however, the rhododendron in front of it was blooming.

Hollow Giant
36mm, 1/5 sec at f/14, ISO 1250

This is the same scene (below) I photographed the previous day. I was drawn to see how it changed in the rain. While taking photos, other hikers wandered in. I like the perspective they add.

In the Dripping Forest
62mm, 1/10 sec at f/16, ISO 2500

This next photo is one of my favorites from the trip. the rhododendron anchors the foreground while a tall redwoods fade into the misty background in somewhat of a row.

Rhododendron in the Rain
38mm, 0.5 sec at f/11, ISO 640

May 28, 2022

I returned to the same trail the following morning. For the following shot, I put on my 100-400mm zoom lens. I was struck by the glowing leaves of this young rhododendron sapling.

Forest Lantern
139mm, 1.3 sec at f/14, ISO 200

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Redwood Forests of Northern California

The redwoods are magnificent, but just as magnificent is the understory of the forest. I am happy to capture small pieces of this environment: the sword ferns, rhododendrons, moss covered trees, or parts of fallen giants.

May 27, 2022

I had an awesome several days. The photos that follow are from my first day, with fog blowing in and out. The sun never broke through so there were no sun beams …yet. Unlike the previous year’s visit, the rhododendrons were blooming.

Forest Blooms
Rhododendron Secrets
This is a location I returned to several times, with the rhododendrons blooming high on the hillside.
In the Shadow of Giants
Heart of the Forest
Roadside Rhodies
Celebrity Tree – This tree was catching the attention of many photographers.

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