A Walk in the Woods

I thought it might be time to head back to the forest after having some heavy rains and a persistent fog.  The fog usually clears on the ridge here, but today it seemed to hang on in the deep woods.  I wanted to wait until a little later in the day when the light was more interesting, but as I hiked deeper into the woods along Timber Ridge the fog started to lift a bit.  These shots captured what was left, and I think there was enough fog remaining to add some mood to the scene.  The forest was still pretty wet which really makes the colors seem more saturated.  The moisture was dripping from the overhanging trees quite a bit so I was constantly ducking and covering my equipment to protect it from the falling drops.  This camera is built like a tank, but I still don’t like the idea of getting it, or my lens wet. 

I wanted to hang around a little longer but the “Golden hour” for photography also happens to be the golden hour for feeding by our resident big cats and coyotes.  So I decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and headed home with a CF card full of wet, foggy forest pictures. 

We have great trails here in Sea Ranch,  about 75 miles of them throughout the forests and along the bluffs and meadows.  And even though you’re on a prescribed trail you still have to realize that you’re in the middle of nowhere, and at the mercy of the elements and the local wildlife.  I can hike for hours and not see a human soul.  Life is good!


Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 24 – 70 mm lens

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