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|Now for that promised contrast in geography and plant life along the California coast. We go from looking down on a coastal meadow in my previous post to craning our necks upward in this post (less than 20 km away as the crow flies).|
One route from Aņo Nuevo to San Francisco goes over part of the coastal hills. If you are unfamiliar with California, it may surprise you to see how such a small physical barrier as these hills (roughly 300 to 700 m peak elevation) can be such a significant geographic boundary, as well as a radically different ecosystem than the coastal lowlands.
The slopes on both ocean and inland sides of these coastal hills are redwood habitat. Similar habitat stretches quite a distance north and south of San Francisco, but only in the coastal hills. The hills themselves are responsible for the existence of redwoods. They prevent the coastal fog from moving further inland, while capturing part of it (as both fog and rain) to moisten and nourish the hillsides.
In the oldest stands of redwoods, these majestic trees can grow to more than 110 m tall and more than 7 m in diameter (at breast height, about 1.5 m above ground level), sometimes exceeding 2000 years old. But the trees shown in this post are mere youngsters- less than 1.5 m d.b.h., nowhere near a thousand years old, and barely reaching 50 or 60 m tall.
There is generally minimal undergrowth among redwoods, so not a lot of stuff gets in the way when looking up, as shown here. The sensation is like being in a huge room with many skylights. Among old growth redwoods, this feeling is even more pronounced, described by many visitors in tones of religious reverence. My own impression upon first entering a grove of mature redwoods was of being on the floor of a giant cathedral with the sun filtering down through high windows. If you have not yet had this amazing experience, you should. Few things in nature are as awe-inspiring as that first upward look to trace a trunk as it merges into the canopy high above.
tech notes- 4 part panoramic, shot hand held in 2x2 stitch assist mode with each shot at 6 mm focal length (36 mm equivalent in 35 mm format), stitched with Photoshop Elements, followed by these operations on the assembled image- no seam cleanup, slight rotation and cropping, major shadow/highlight and brightness adjustment, slight contrast boost, one step sharpening, no color manipulation
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Hello Bob! Amazing long perspective. Wonderful sharp and focus. Good effect. Good luck!
- [2009-04-11 3:48]
spectacular image! tfs.
Well, this time you've achieved an extreme wide angle effect by shooting sequential panaromic shots, then stitching them together, good thinking indeed Bob, would like you to try it with conventional 35 mm format equipment someday! How art through photography become soo easy nowadays...
Even though these are very young trees,the height of them is still impressive.
Here in New Zealand,Sequoia sempervirons grow about three times as fast as they do in California.
At Waitomo in the North Island,where I used to be a guide at the Glow Worm Caves,there were some huge redwoods growing near the entrance.
I know there are some big ones near Rotorua too.
They get very high and quite a girth on them very quickly here,but because of their accelerated growth,the wood remains too sofy to be of any great value.
Yee-Hah! Where's the west coast Tarzan?? Great angle and view, Bob. Did you back get dirty? Another A+ shot. Regards, JoeGoff, Louisville, KY.
Love the dynamics of this. Great trees! TFS Trevor