An Afternoon at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park

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Last week I spent an afternoon hiking through Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, an 860 acre park in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains.  The trails wind through many different landscapes, but I was captivated by these oak woodlands.  The late afternoon light was wonderful and you can see the dappled light in many of these images as it fell through the canopy of these stately old oaks.

Sonoma County has several of these one-time ranches that were turned over to the county parks system to manage.  In several of the images you can also notice the small rivulets draining off the mountain from the prior heavy rains.  The sounds of these many little impromptu creeks made for a nice backdrop as I hiked through the woods.  As always, it was a great way to spend an afternoon…with a camera, or without.

Equipment: Nikon D810; Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 lens; Monopod

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8 Responses to An Afternoon at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park

  1. Hugh says:

    Great pictures!! Peaceful and serene. A great hike I’m sure.

    • Thanks so much, Hugh. Always great to hear from you. To some extent, it reminds me a little bit of the woods down at Twin Lakes, only not as thick. I guess you really can never fully escape your childhood…which is a good thing.

      Take care, my friend…


  2. Nancy Carroll says:

    Hi Phil: So happy you are enjoying our wonderful regional parks. We’ve hiked this park a few times and it has its own special ambience that you have captured especially well in these shots. We don’t hike there much because, unlike most of the regional parks, it is not dog friendly. There is a nice small pond there with a neat ecosystem of it’s own we like as well. So brave of you to venture out in this crazy weather but glad you did. Great job!

    • Thanks so much, Nancy. I’m so glad to see these spaces being preserved and available to the public. These oak woodland areas are a vanishing ecosystem, what with all the vineyard conversions and other development projects. It’s a much different experience hiking here as well as photographing here than being on the coast. The light is very different…vive la difference!

      Always good to hear from you…


  3. Bernard Jozwiak says:

    Phil, Great pictures. Looks like spring where you are. We just got rid of 6 inches of snow here in the burgh.

    • Hey, Bud. Great to hear from you. I’m glad you liked my images. Sorry that you’re still dealing with snow there, but we’re still dealing with washed out roads and downed trees. It’s been quite year of crazy weather all around.

      Keep your powder dry, my friend, and thanks so much for checking in.


  4. Chris Wendt says:

    (As usual…) great imagery, Phil.

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