“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
“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
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
These Northern California images were made in Stout Grove, Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park and in Rockefeller Forest, Humboldt Redwoods State Park.