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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7 Responses to A Winter’s Day in Sonoma’s Coast Range

  1. You were getting pretty close to my stomping grounds! I like the wet texture you captured on the grassy hills. Already dried out now but flowers got some encouragement.

  2. Chris Wendt says:

    Phil, we really look forward to seeing your posts, here. As usual, the quality is excellent, the content stunningly beautiful. The last (pano) image is spectacular. So is #1.

  3. Chris Wendt says:

    I got curious as to why I singled-out 4 (over #1). Looking a little more closely (not peeping) I am sure it was the ribbon of (dirt) road wending its way lazily through #4. That captured my imagination. Still pondering the differences, the alignment of the foreground swale with the background rise is compelling. Nice work, Phil!

    • Thanks, Chris. I didn’t really notice the dirt road until I processed the image, as is often the case. The panos do really seem to bring you into the scene. I’m liking them more and more.

  4. jackson22014 says:

    Such a vibrant green…beautiful!

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