A River of Bark
The base of a Modesto ash, up against a Sacramento sidewalk, looks like a river of bark. I am shooting down towards the ground, yesterday.
The Redwood Tree
California has its beaches, mountains and freeways for people to contemplate. But my favorite place to consider the possibilities of life is the redwood tree when it is struck by sunlight which, in this photo, is 2:45 p.m. on a weekday. This particular tree is so tall I can’t set the top when sitting down–it…
Palm Trees in Sacramento
Sacramento is flat and not near an ocean, yet this Northern California city has its share of palm trees just like the beach cities in Southern California, some 400 miles away.
Tough Lighting in an Old Growth Forest
I am fortunate to live about six miles from an old growth redwood forest hidden from any view from Highway One near Big Sur. You have to hike in about a mile over seven streams before you reach these towering giants that filter out sunlight except for areas where trees have fallen. Someday soon I’m…
Hackberry Tree in Winter
Here is “our” hackberry tree in the front yard as seen from the backyard on a cold January day.
Right In Front of Me…
On a bright, blue sky day this week, I hoped to take photos of quaking aspens with their yellow leaves quivering like gold. Although I took dozens of photos on a hike through the woods, my favorite shot was clicked from a driveway where I had parked. This capture worked because I focused on a…
Shadow of a Leaning Tree
Carmel Mission Trail woods–a leaning tree casts a shadow.
Don’t Try This at Home
There is a certain bravado around here with the guys who cut down old dying trees. They hang from ropes and whip chain saws like toys, all while high above the ground. In this photo the subject holds the saw with one hand and a rope in the other for balance as he stretches to…
Many years ago I heard a tree fall in the middle of the night, a thunderous crash almost like gunfire. This week I took a hike on the Carmel Mission Trail where there were trees that had toppled over during the winter. When I took this photo, I thought of that long ago tree that…