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All up and down the state of California are these California Oak Trees. They can be found all up and down the Costal Range which is where this tree is located and along the Sierra Nevada foothills. The trees have complex twisting branches and make for good subjects. This is one of my favorite images I have taken of the California Oak Trees. This tree can be found at the base of Mount Diablo in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This image really represents the area I live in and most of the outter bay area.

-Darv © Darvin Atkeson California Photographer

Taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Darv © Darvin Atkeson California Photography

This is somewhat of a unique angle on Half dome that I shot about a half mile down the four mile trail. If you go to Glacier Point and walk down this trail the dome is hidden and you don't get much of a view of anything but the forest. As you approach a steep area the trees give way and you get a glimpse of Half Dome silhouetted by pine trees. This gives you a real sense of the size of Half Dome and just how massive that rock is. This is possibly my favorite shot of Half Dome because it was so unique and not like any I had seen thus far. The setting sun really helped give what had been a dreary day a nice warm light on Half Dome. You can even make out some of Clouds Rest just behind the dome. We didn't make it all the way down the trail but we plan to do this hike again. I'd really like to see this one with a good sunrise behind it. Will have to get up real early for that one.

Hope you like this one. Drop me a note if you do.

Cheers, -Darv © Darvin Atkeson California Photography

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There is nothing quite like the refreshing smell of a redwood forest after a spring shower. The rain cleanses the forest floor and casts a reflection in the boardwalk that protects the shallow roots of the massive trees. Muir Woods National Monument - California

Darv Darvin Atkeson California Photography

A warm spring afternoon in the forest, the ferns move ever so slightly in the light breeze of the Pacific as the sun breaks though the canopy. I arrived just in time as the sun was shining down though the redwoods. A meandering creek ran down towards the beach. Stillwater Cove is a small state park that sits along the California Pacific Coast on Highway One.

About only 5% of the original coastal redwoods still exist today. The rest have been cut for logging or for private land development. Those groves that remain do so mainly because over 90 years ago a few people had the foresight to try and protect them. Fortunately they saw fit to donate these lands to the state of California and by doing so they have remained open for the public use. Were it not for these dedicated people, shots like this might be a thing of the past.

If you ejnoy the redwoods I invite you to learn more...

Darv Darvin Atkeson California Photography

Fires in California are common. The Santa Anna winds blow the smoke out over the Pacific which is then blown north and tint the skies over the Bay Area as the fog rolls in off the Pacific. This was taken early enough that the sunset was still lighting the sky but late enough that the lights on the bridge had just come on.

-Darv © Darvin Atkeson California Photographer



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