Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

I took a break from experimental imagery and discovered a new take on landscape photography: long lens, slow shutter speeds and a scenic river.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is only 1 hour away from my house, yet in the 16 years I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I had never visited. Nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, the park contains variety of forested areas including coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), mixed evergreens, riparian, ponderosa pine, as well as rare ancient marine deposits called Santa Cruz sandhills. Flowing in a gorge through the park is the San Lorenzo River.

Location map of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Location map of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

I find capturing the grandeur of the redwoods – a species which include the tallest trees in the world — quite difficult! On this trip, I didn’t even try. Instead I did capture what I found to be some interesting detail.

I scrambled down a steep embankments and then followed a small trail.

One might expect tomeet a fairy on this path.
One might expect to meet a fairy on this path.

Soon I reached the San Lorenzo River. What caught my eye were the reflections in the water. By using a long (300mm) lens and a relatively long (1/10 sec) exposure, I discovered I could create some romantic, impressionistic images. San Lorenzo River 1_MG_7183 San Lorenzo River 2_MG_7177 San Lorenzo River 3_MG_7171

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