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
Gateway
Roadside Rhodies
Celebrity Tree – This tree was catching the attention of many photographers.

To view all the photos from this trip to my 2022 redwoods of northern California trip, click here.

Silver Falls State Park

The second area I visited in Oregon was Silver Falls State Park. There is a seven-mile loop trail called the “Trail of Ten Falls.” These waterfalls are spectacular with several that you can walk behind with the water pouring over the cliff edge above. I learned that this area is considered a rain forest, getting about 80 inches of rain per year. Compare that to San Diego, where we get 8 inches of rain in a good year.

The challenge of shooting these waterfalls was getting down to the base, which usually required going off trail. There were plenty of signs to stay on the trail and this limited my ability to create compositions that might be different than what has already been done.

I thoroughly enjoyed this scene and chose to shoot it on two occasions. I found it along the Trail of Ten Falls.

Moss Covered Rocks
18mm, 5 sec at f/14, ISO 50

It was quite exciting to walk behind the waterfalls and feel their power from within. The waterfalls below all had a trail leading behind them to the other side.

South Falls
24mm, 1.3 sec at f/16, ISO 100
North Falls
29mm, 1 sec at f/14, ISO 100
Trail Behind the Falls – Middle North Falls
18mm, 3.2 sec at f/16, ISO 50
Curtain of Water – This is another view of Middle North Falls
16mm, 1.3 sec at f/16m, ISO 50
Behind the Water – This is another view of North Falls
14mm, 1.3 sec at f/16, ISO 64

To see the complete collection of photos from Waterfalls of Oregon from this post and the previous one, click here.