Saturday, May 31, 2014

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Each individual tree is unique
Highway 101 over Bear Creek

Rock with fossilized shells, placed at entrance of tree
This big ol' tree had a large goose pen, and appeared to have been lived in at some point. The entrance of the tree was painted in spots, special rocks placed in shelved areas on the inside. No initials carved anywhere. Pieces of fabric on the inside, as well as shells. Who lived here, and for how long?
Big redwood along the Avenue of the Giants
A few photos from this week in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. I'm slowly spending time in as many groves as I can since I pass the park twice a week for work. Usually get an hour in before hand, and a couple hours in the evening. It can be a mysterious place at times, with all sorts of unusual items left behind by people over the years. I'm intrigued by the trees that seem to have been lived in at some point. Several of the big trees with large goose pens seem to have been used as shelters by people. Natives? Kids? Loggers? Outlaws? Eccentrics? Homeless?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Morning fog and mist

Drove up to Prairie Creek for some morning hiking and exploring on this beautiful Memorial Day. Weather was foggy and misty in the morning and sunny and warm by mid day.  Always feels good to be outside...

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Redwoods in the Spring

Where Bull Creek connects to the Eel River. For two years I've wondered about this spot. It's not difficult at all to see it, I've just never made the opportunity to make it happen.
Full moon rising above Dyerville
A nice large redwood with a cbh of 47 feet, 8 in. I looked through this area a couple years ago and never saw this giant hiding in the forest.

Fascinating canopy structure
46 feet, 5 inch cbh
44 feet, 9 inch cbh
50 foot, 10 inch cbh, including a couple of small burls.

44 feet, 3 inch cbh

41 feet, 10 inch cbh
Stunning big leaf maple tree in Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
I've had several opportunities to visit the redwoods the last couple of weeks. Here are a few more photos.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Prairie Creek/Redwood National Park

Another hidden titan. You can just make out the hood of my rain jacket  at the bottom of the photo. I didn't bother with a tape wrap as the base of the tree was too busy with plants and other trees.
Nice, full view of a forest giant
Insane wall of wood
"Sir Issac Newton:" 7th largest redwood in the world. According to Michael Taylor's "Landmark Trees" website, the tree is 299 feet tall with a diameter of 22.5 feet!
Redwood Creek: Just a stunning area of wild beauty
I love the look of the lumpy old growth trees
I dare say there are many places left in these parks where no man has ever set foot. To simply bushwhack to the farthest tree in this photo and back would probably take at least half a day and 10,000 calories. Chances are, a person would break their leg or ankle in the process and never be seen or heard from again.
Drove up to Prairie Creek yesterday to take another look around. Turned out to be a beautiful, warm, sunny day. There were millipedes everywhere, billions of them, all over the forest and roads.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Early May Redwoods

46 foot, 1 in cbh. This redwood had a very oblong shape to it.
Fantastic limbs: I believe old growth canopies can incite a feeling of wildness and freedom within the soul, once a person gets used to looking at them.
Old tank of a tree.
Eel River

Aerial albino redwood growing in the canopy off a burl
Ferns and ravine
A few photos taken from the first week in May in the redwoods. Weather has been a mixed bag of late, some rain, some sun, some heat, some cool temperatures. Be aware of tiny deer ticks, they seem to be quite numerous right now.

End of April in Redwoods

Stopped by Montgomery Woods while visiting Ukiah at the end of April
Montgomery Woods
Montgomery Woods

Random redwood grove along highway 1, mostly 2nd generation forest.
Redwood Titan in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. 

Eel River, highway 101 bridge and Avenue of the Giants.
Eel River and majestic old growth redwood forest
Skyscraper redwood
Here's a few photos from April in the redwood forest. I managed to make a trip down to Ukiah to see some friends and stopped by Montgomery Woods on my way home. Some pictures were also taken in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.