The California Redwoods


“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 

~John Muir

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Redwood Cathedral

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

A Boy’s Life

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Peaceful Paths

 

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”

~John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley : In Search of America

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Fallen

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Redwood Ride

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Beautiful Burl

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Old and New

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Nature Lover

 

The redwood is one of the few conifers that sprout from the stump and roots, and it declares itself willing to begin immediately to repair the damage of the lumberman and also that of the forest-burner.

~John Muir, “The American Forests,” August 1897

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Redwood Road

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Years and Years

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Renewal

 

Redwoods, California, Nature Photography, Fujifilm X-T2

Reaching

 

These Northern California images were made in Stout Grove, Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park and in Rockefeller Forest, Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

 

 

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119 comments

  1. A very beautiful place and excellent easy hiking.

  2. Travels with Charley is my favorite book, yet I somehow had forgotten about Steinbeck’s writings about the Redwoods when I recently began my series of posts about our travels through the Redwoods parks. Your redwoods photographs put me right back in those wondrous forests. Beautiful!

  3. These are on my ‘to see’ list one of these days – thanks for taking us along on your trip here meanwhile – gorgeous ! I love how you captured the sun peeking through –

  4. Wow. Imagine the stories those trees could tell.

  5. just stunning Jane !!! there is no nature like this in Germany !!

  6. They’re not so easy to photograph, but you have had a little practice, I think, and you did them justice! I love “Fallen” and that burl is seriously cool, isn’t it? I’m impressed by the way you handled that bright light in some of these. I love the upward looks, too. Beautiful, Jane.

    • Hi Lynn, I’ve been off the grid lately….
      So glad you enjoyed these- I find them so challenging to photograph!
      Happy you enjoyed those in particular- the burl— I think of you when shooting other details like roots and bark – all right up your alley. 😉
      Thanks very much, friend. Will get over to see what you’ve been up to soon!

  7. Absolutely delightful. What a dreamy, incredible feeling- even through the photos!!!

  8. Gorgeous photos of the redwoods. My niece, when she had a bar association conference in SF a few years ago, one of the side trips was to visit one of the state parks with redwoods. She said the morning session was cut short so those on the side trip would have most of the day to walk among the giants. Those leading the morning sessions were signed up for the trip too. On the way back, she said they made a stop for some wine-tasting (Napa or Sonoma). Sounds like my kind of side trip. 🙂

    Also, recently saw an article indicating the redwood and sequoia forests, along with their ecosystems, are benefitting from the warming trends in CA. Couldn’t find the article I read, but found this one from UC Berkeley:

    https://nature.berkeley.edu/news/2010/07/scientists-study-global-warming-effects-redwoods-ca

    Though an older article, very little has changed over the 9-10 years since the original findings.

  9. Amazing shots, truly beautiful.

  10. A very difficult subject matter. You’ve done it well.

  11. You do go to all the cool places. The coastal redwoods have a certain ambiance to them, I suppose it’s akin to being in nature’s cathedral. Beautifully captured.

  12. That boy in the 2nd photo really puts the size of the trees in perspective. I remember as I first drove into the park, I wasn’t sure what I was seeing until I saw a semi coming down the road and I said out loud, “Wow. Those are some big ass trees.”

    • HI Jeff, Ha! What a fun memory- it is astounding once you get near them. I was happy there were some kids and families in the groves for some perspective. Sad how many were logged but glad we have these preserved. Thanks so much.

  13. The Steinbeck lines are great – but I think you’ve come close here! Loved these images, and the words chosen to go with them. Really wonderful – thanks, Jane!

    • Thank you, Adam. I loved that Steinbeck quote since it feels so true when I am wandering in the groves. How to convey the beauty and immensity of the redwoods is a creative puzzle. I’m glad you feel I made a good effort. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts. 🌲

  14. Gorgeous images, Jane, which convey the majesty and grandeur of these amazing forest “creatures.” Lovely. I’d love to explore these sites at some point.

  15. Such beautiful photographs Jane. I especially love the 2nd and 3rd – almost feel as if I’m there.
    Alison

  16. Opps. Sorry, Jane, I meant you, note Mike! I’d fix if I could. : )

  17. Hi Mike, Great write up and images. If you ever come back, here’s a great site about Redwood National Park with more inspiration: http://redwoodcoastparks.com

    • Hi Richard, It’s Jane….happy you enjoyed this post–it is a spectacular park. Thanks for providing this link. I hope everyone gets a chance to visit at least once in their lives! Thanks very much for your visit.

  18. Such beautiful pictures for these beautiful trees. (Suzanne)

  19. Truly magnificent…. subject, quotes, photos! Superb

  20. Wonderful shots of these magnificent redwoods, Jane.

  21. Magnificent shots of these majestic tree. Love the angles you took. 🙂

  22. Such awesome trees. We have nothing close to comparable here. Originally, when first settled, there were very large pines, in particular, but these were pretty much all taken for the masts of the British ships. We now have just pockets of old growth that are fortunately situated where no building is likely to happen.

    • How interesting, Steve. I’m thankful that some redwood groves were spared and preserved. It’s sad how many were cut down. They are amazing to see and their size is difficult to convey….but I tried. Thanks so much for your visit and I’m pleased you enjoyed these. 🙂 🌲

  23. A beautiful collection, Jane. I love the different perspectives showing the size. How wonderful to spend time with these magnificent trees.

  24. What stunning giants, beautifully captured

  25. BOY…one could certainly get LOST amongst these trees!! Love this post…gorgeous!!

  26. You’re fortunate to have so many redwood sites close at hand in addition to the ones farther north. Of the 3 or 4 we visited in the San Francisco area three years ago, none are duplicated here.

  27. One of my favorite trips ever Jane. There simply are no words to describe the feeling of being among these incredible beings. Beautifully captured

  28. One of these wonder I want to see with my own eyes!

  29. You have magnificently conveyed the scale and the light. Makes me almost homesick. But it’s hard to be homesick in Switzerland. Stay tuned.

  30. Great photos Jane. Its been years since I have visited the redwoods. Maybe I should be thinking about returning.

  31. Beautifully captured, Jane, showing the Redwoods for the magnificent living monuments they are!

  32. TImeless images save for the fashions on the humans!

  33. These are breathtaking photos! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

  34. Jane, these photos are absolutely amazing. I hope to go up to John Muir Woods this week. It’s been decades since I have spent time among the giants. I’m so glad you posted these photos – they truly give the viewer a feel as to just how majestic these trees are. Thank you!

  35. On my bucket list! I suspect even with the people in the composition for scale, one cannot really appreciate the scale of these magnificent trees. For me, your b&w compositions best captured the sense of awe!

    • Thank you, Sam. You are right about the people– shows the huge trunks but not those soaring heights! I am not surprised you are drawn to the B&Ws- me too. 🙂 Will work on some more… Hope you get to Northern CA to see them sometime soon.

  36. These photos are truly alive – beautiful
    Eco 🍃

  37. 🙂 Wow! So impressive!
    It’s been ages, since I’ve been there.
    Have a very HAPPY weekend!
    Claudia 🙂

  38. I love looking up at the Redwoods and see them slowly swaying in an unseen breeze. Your photos have evoked that feeling today.
    Thanks,
    Ω

    • Thank you, Allan. That’s a great compliment when an image takes you to the place. It’s magical walking in the midst of these giants…so peaceful. Hope you have a good weekend. 🙂

  39. They are amazing. With people in the pictures, they give you a feel about how big the red wood trees are. Nice pictures of the trees you captured.

    • Thanks very much, YC. I was happy to run into a few people for some perspective (my husband included). It certainly helps the viewer to grasp how enormous they are. Glad you enjoyed this series. 🙂

  40. Forests are a wonderful place and you captured this one perfectly.

  41. Truly these photographs are magnificent… Magical…!!

  42. Jane, fantastic photographs of these majestic trees. As usual, your quotations are ripe with substance. I have seen the redwoods and the sequoias. Please run up state and do a photo shoot of California’s other amazing tree. I love trees !

    • Hi Michael, I love trees, too! So glad you enjoyed the photos and quotes and that you’ve seen these giants. I have only seen Sequoias at Yosemite and will get to the National Park someday. It’s all so magnificent and peaceful, isn’t it? Thanks very much for your visit here. 🙂

  43. I have such a deep and abiding love of redwoods, their magnificence is so moving. Steinbeck sums it up well… their influence upon us is indescribable. Your photos do a great job of capturing their spirit, Jane. <3!

    • Hi Eliza, I feel the same way about these incredible trees and the experience of walking among them is superb. I am always a little sad thinking about how many were cut down but thankful that these are preserved. Pleased these photos took you on a little journey– thanks so much.

  44. If “No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree” then you have made a fabulous attempt with all of these photographs. It just makes me want to be there! And maybe one day I will be. Thank you! 🙂

    • HI Mike, I loved that quote because I do feel that the redwoods are particularly difficult to convey in photographs. I’m pleased you enjoyed what I captured– thank you so much. I do hope you walk among these giants one day. 🙂

  45. “No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a Redwood tree”. I think you did. Beautiful images. Especially “Redwood Road”. There’s something about winding roads, catching your attention and feeding your imagination.

    • Thank you so much, Göran. I love that Steinbeck quote since I feel there immensity is so difficult to convey in photographs. I’m happy you feel I did. 🙂 I love winding roads, too, and was lucky to catch a few on the way in and out of the groves. Where will they lead? Hope all is well with you.

  46. Such beautiful photos Jane, the trees are magnificent! 😎🙏🏻❤️

  47. The light through the trees is glorious, isn’t it, Jane? Beautifully captured. 🙂 🙂

  48. Love the Redwoods. I also visited Muir Woods. What a paradise.

  49. Jane, you have done it again! A masterful set of images. I really like the one “Years and Years.” Is there a face in there?

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