The Redwoods

I’ve always felt that the redwoods were challenging to photograph, so difficult to convey their size, their immense presence. Plus, I only had a day among them. But in that one evening, I made a couple of photographs that I was pleased with. So here were my two favorite from Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California.


27 thoughts on “The Redwoods

  1. My beautiful friends! Thank you for taking their picture. I grew up with the redwoods, They are “home” to me. Like guardians of the night, I always feel safe and protected when I am in the forest.Their hollowed centers from forest fires sometimes were forts, caves and things to climb on or walk the length or when they fell. When I was a kid, I used to lay on the ground in the center of a burned hollow and take a shot straight up and ended up getting a unique perspective of their height. I once had my whole class stand inside one of the hollows…it was that big! 😀 Have a great day!

    • That’s great! I volunteered at RNP back in 1990, worked on a trail crew. I remember visiting Lady Bird Johnson grove one night with a friend. We sat in silence, the forest absorbed all the sounds. Then we noticed that we could hear our eyelids blinking. It was so quiet.

  2. Great shots. I love the stream of sunlight through the tree trunks on the ferns.
    I find it difficult to photograph & convey the immense height of trees – scored some good shots and some terrible ones.

    • Yeah, I’ve always struggled to convey just what they are with a lens. And that’s okay. People need to stand among them and feel them first hand. I’m so glad they were protected!

  3. Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park was one of the places we would go camping almost every other year when I was growing up. We also used to have a redwood tree growing in our backyard…used to freak my Dad out in every windstorm as he was sure it was going to fall on the house. In any case, redwoods have been part of my life, and even from Mozambique where there is nothing of the sort, this visual allows me to ‘breathe in their majesty.’ Obrigada (thanks).

  4. Great shots of a very difficult subject to photograph. They are so immense and there is such a special mood in those forests. I have always walked away photographing them feeling a return trip is required to capture what I want to convey. Great job.

  5. I traveled through the Redwoods this summer, it was a short stay unfortunetly. I agree they are hard to photograph and really show their immense size. Being among them is truly inspiring. Nice capture! This post really brought back memories of being there.

  6. Reblogged this on the art of life and commented:
    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.
    Joyce Kilmer

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