Sunday, April 11, 2010

Water that Falls and Trees that are Big


(this is a long post, sorry) Yesterday I went to Redwoods National for a good part of the day. Saw all sorts of good stuff - the elk herd was hanging out in the usual locale, but not close enough for any good photos. My World, Watery Wednesday, Nature Notes
I saw the garter snake on the trail fairly early on and threw on the macro. He was posing quite nicely but this was the only shot I got. I decided to then pick him up. I do this on occasion as I have no fear of non-venomous snakes but this time it backfired on me. He emitted his incredibly stinky defense mechanism grossness. Hot damn. That stuff smells horrible. It was so bad I almost had to turn back (seriously). Luckily there were creeks along the trail so I was able to sort of wash my hands. (Skunk cabbage below)
The falls! I debated bringing the tripod for the waterfall pictures, and was glad I decided to lug it. They were little but beautiful falls. Love the mossy rocks. So green!
The trail went through some really nice old growth redwoods. None of the stands had been cut in the past, which was awesome. It's more often than not that you will see stumps from logging in the past. I was happy that wasn't the case here, since seeing stumps from chopped down trees brings me down. There were tons of great groves here.
Lots of fungus action happening too. I'll dig out the guidebook and see if I can figure out what any of them are. I did find my new favorite mushroom, but I'm saving that for another post. The two pictures below - these fungi were only about a 1/2 inch tall (tiny!), good thing for the extension tube! There were quite a few growing upside down and at weird angles.
There was one downed redwood - lots of new life had sprung up on it..love that about redwoods. But the tree itself had some crazy textures going on...I haven't really seen that so much in redwoods. Reminded me of Bristlecone bark. It was really smooth to the touch and totally cool looking.
At the end of the trail, I more or less got mobbed by chestnut-backed chickadees. Too bad I did't have any trailmix to offer, because I'm pretty sure they would have landed on my hand. There were probably 20-25 of them acting crazy hyper (as usual for them) but they would land inches in front of my head, I could have reached out to them. Super cute. No photos though, I was swinging the lens around like a crazy person trying to find one that would sit still. I gave up and ended up just watching them for about 20 minutes. The wind had picked up again, at some violent mph's, so the drive back to Eureka was a little sketchy. I dunno what is going on with the wind here lately, but I'm ready for some nice calm air! At least in the redwoods, it's nice and sheltered. Thursday Challenge (green)

61 comments:

Spiderdama said...

WOW, so many great pictures! Lovely nature and that snake is cute:-) Happy you meet that one.
Love your naturephotos!
Have a nice week

NicoleB, Egypt said...

Once again, awesome shots!
Those trees are more than impressive, wow!

cat said...

Wow what a magical place! Beautifully captured by your camera :)

veredit said...

Gorgeous!! these forests are the way I like so much, tribes such as columns of a cathedral, foams waterfalls and gurgling streams, infinite shades of green and tiny life everywhere. Even the snakes are beautiful and very friendly. Thank you for this fantastic walk!

Kate said...

What a lovely tour... so lush and green. (As I peer out the window at the last of my mountain snows) Now, let's get down to business. Will you please come to my garden and rid the place of snakes?? :) When I read that passage I exclaimed 'EW!' right out loud. :)

sebi_2569 said...

very nice blog, congratulations

Maia said...

You should sell somewhere these photos, they are most professional.
There are so many beautiful photos here, I don't know where to start commenting, perhaps with: you shouldn't take these creatures in your hands. I wouldn't even go close to such a forest, let you do the dirty job and I just come to admire your amazing work.

JM said...

What an amazing place and gorgeous photos! This is an invitation to explore it.

Clytie said...

Absolutely stunning. I enjoyed your walk so much!!! I love how you see the grandness along with the tiny miracles of life.

Dan said...

Wow Jill, these are amazing pictures!! (sorry about the snake mishap along the way). Lucky you to live so close to this wonderful forest!
Dan
-x-

(PS my word verification was slyme - probably quite fitting for the snake)

PPS Can I also ask what you do about cheese? I would love to go veggie to vegan, and whilst I've found great butter and milk alternatives, I just love cheese!! Any solutions?

Sylvia K said...

Awesome is the word, Jill! Stunningly beautiful captures! It is such a gorgeous place! I love the waterfalls and the magnificent trees! What a great trip and thanks for sharing it with us! Have a terrific week!

Sylvia

Carver said...

Thank you for taking us with you on this fantastic walk. Waterfalls, trees, moss and mushrooms are amongst my favorite things and you did such a great job shooting them.

Sistertex said...

Thanks so much for taking us along!Wonderful photos, very cool. I didn't know snakes had some sort of 'stink' defense. I stay as far away from any snake as I can. So I'm thinking you are pretty brave.

Antonette said...

Awesome nature shots! I wish I was there to see everything in person.

Take care~

Antonette

Randi said...

This is stunning series of photos. What a wonderful peace and serenity! I love this walk, thank you for inviting me. I have never been to a forest like this. This looks so unreal and magic to me.
Have a nice week.

Gattina said...

What a nice walk through the wood. Some trees are really enormous !

Catherine said...

what a great sequence of nature shots...great!

ewok1993 said...

we've been wanting to go there for the longest time, but hopefully this fall we'll be able to see it. thanks for the preview.

Rinkly Rimes said...

How wonderfully fertile and moist everything looks!Great shots!

Dominic Gendron said...

Lots of very nice images in this post! I love the one's with the stream particularly ;)

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful Redwood trees and photos, Jill. The Redwood nat'l park an awesome place to visit.

Gaelyn said...

Oh how I Love the Redwoods with the contrast of Huge yet quiet. Thanks for taking me back. Last time I was there I heard a solo sax wafting thru the forest and saw some of the little people. No joke. Awesome photos!

Samson said...

Nice post and Beautiful photo's Jill, Wish i could join you on such outings... Photo's of the water fall is awesome

Jossie said...

Marvellous pictures. They make you realize how small we humans are!

Colleen said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! We did a quick drive through the redwoods a couple of years ago. Wish we had more time to spend there. Beautiful.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Each and everyone of these are marvelous images. I went to the Redwoods as a child and again in 1980, anticipating a journey late September and I can hardly wait. Your images are so enticing and show the wonderful hues and draping of greens that make this place so magical. great series!

Pam said...

Jill, you take the most amazing photos. I'm glad you posted them all.
The redwoods are such magnificent trees and I have never seen them photographed better. I love how you captured the beauty of the moss, mushrooms and fungi.
Breathtaking! Thank you.

Jama said...

Wow, such a beautiful place and you photographed them beautifully!

Mama Zen said...

These are marvelous!

Ebie said...

Its a long post and I am loving it! What a great nature photography, every detail accounted, colors and lighting, superb!!!!

Indrani said...

Great shots! The greenery is beautiful.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: What a wondrous part of your world, great photos.

Larry D said...

What an incredible place! Outstanding photos.

Rajesh said...

Gorgeous shots. Water falls and nature shots are absolutely scenic.

mountain.mama said...

Wonderful pictures. I love the redwood forests. It's been too long since I've visited!

Eden said...
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Eden said...

Hi, Jill!

What a beautiful place ! And your photographs are all fantastic. Very impressive shots. I especially love the waterfalls and the trees. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day always.

Carolyn Ford said...

What a fabulous forest of Redwoods! Your photos sure do represent the color "green" well...wow! What beauty! I love how the light filters into a forest like this...awesome, Jill!

Debra said...

What a gorgeous place and a wonderful place to take a hike! Your waterfall pictures are dreamy and that snake....EEEK. LOL

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your nice comment on my hummingbird pics. ~ Debra

Kitty said...

I love the mossy greenness of it all! And that's such a neat little snake - pity he thought you were going to eat him!

Arija said...

Utterly superb nature photos. Most impressive!

Dave said...

These images are simply amazing..... wish i was there.

NatureFootstep said...

I visited a redwood forest ones. Somewhere north of SF if I recall correctly. Was a nice place, but as usual on travels we had to little time to enjoy it. :(

Viennadaily said...

Wow! That place looks enchanting!

Annelie said...

Wow! What a place!

Sarah said...

Hi,
Thanks for your visit today! I loved reading about your walk in the woods-amazing woods that they are. I visited a beautiful garden today-I am sure that they had Skunk Cabbage!

Sarah said...

Hi,
Thanks for your visit today! I loved reading about your walk in the woods-amazing woods that they are. I visited a beautiful garden today-I am sure that they had Skunk Cabbage!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

this is really fantastic shots and all the scenery are great...thanks for sharing

Artlover said...

What pictures and so many. Some of them in my eyes is purely artistic.
Nice naturephotos.
Have a nice week

siromade08 said...

Your photography are beautiful, perfect captures. The snake photo, i'm impress you are not scare to pick him up. Good job, overall are just pretty the mushroom, falls, trees etc..I really enjoy watching ang amaze the beauty of nature you've share to us.

zem said...

Amazing place (and images). Is this Fangorn Forest? :)

Love your photographs - I live vicariously through them because I am stuck in the city mostly.

Christina said...

I love your shots!!! Awesome!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

No need to apologize for a long post when it's about amazing Redwoods NP. I loved the way you caught the grand and the small wonders. Felt like I was there!

Laura Hegfield said...

beautiful :)

Ms. Bake-it said...

Fabulous shots! Love the macros of the mushrooms! I cracked up when I read about the garter snake! I do the same thing - pick them up. I had forgotten about the stink emission!

Your series of photos of the Redwoods National make it look like a beautiful and mystical place. I would love to visit there someday.

I saw Dan's question to you and I too would like to know that answer! I have been a strict vegetarian for years and last year I tried going vegan but after a several months, I just had to have my cheese. I am a cheese addict and have not found any decent substitutes. Cheese is the only thing keeping me from being vegan...

~ Tracy

jason said...

Breathtaking, Jill. So lush and verdant. These photos are spectacular. It's like a land right out of the imagination...

elvira pajarola said...

MAGNIFICIENT.......I feel as I've made this trip in this fantastic woods too......!
Hmmm, I think we have got pretty big trees here....but these giants are enormous...!!!!!!

all the "greenyellowdarkgreenbrowngolden" shades and all the humidity in these greens...!

Incredibly Fascinating!!

ciao ciao elvira

MyMaracas said...

Glorious place, and a gorgeous post. Sounds like a fabulous day!

A piece of news said...

I don't mind snakes when I am not taken by surprise!

Dave said...

Just stunning Jill! I need to stop by your blog more often. Gorgeous photographs as always!

Dave

ramblingwoods said...

Holy cow...60 comments!!! I love the mossy waterfall and the snake. I had read that about them and now I will be sure not to pick one up..... Thanks for adding these beautiful photos to Nature Notes....Michelle