A Winter’s Day in Sonoma’s Coast Range


The Hills East of Sea Ranch

Oaks along Skaggs-Springs Road

Rolling Hills in Sonoma's Coast Range


Coast Range east of Sea Ranch

About a week ago we had a much welcomed rain storm.  I decided to head east along Skaggs-Springs Road through the Coast Range between Sea Ranch and Healdsburg.  The storm had passed so the ground and vegetation were wet and the clouds were starting to break up.  The Coast Range here gradually changes as you go eastward from predominantly redwood forests along the coast to more open oak woodlands and rolling hills to the east.  It’s a beautiful drive and I was able to capture some nice late afternoon light breaking through the clouds. The last image is a multi-shot panorama taken at 70mm. The other images were all shot at 24mm.

Some of this land is cattle-grazed while some (not seen in these images) has been converted to vineyards.  In any event, the recent rains increased the saturation of our aquifers and also the color saturation of the scenes.  The sun also seemed to cooperate by dappling the landscape with varying amounts of light.  All in all, it was a great way to spend an afternoon.

Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens, Oben Tripod


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