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Old 06-03-2009, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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I thought I would bring to you another 'glass half full' thread to balance out the typical whine fest going on here.

I just returned from the Northern Cal Redwoods. The Rhododendron display is awesome right now. I would say it is just past peak bloom. But there are still plenty of flowers to photograph including falling flowers on the ground in parts.

When I arrived Friday and the sun was intermingled with fog I knew it was going to be a special time. Then the beams of light starting hitting all over the forest between the redwoods. It was incredible to witness. There were times when a full circle rainbow arched around the the sun and trees. Dynamic range was the biggest challenge. But the fog really helped out.














So if you haven't gotten out of the house lately then I encourage you to enjoy the beauty this state has to offer. And if you are thinking about visiting then come on out. Just remember to look beyond Hollywood and Santa Monica for the real beauty CA has to offer. It is out there for those who are willing to venture out of the mega cities to find it.

Ok you can now return to your regular scheduled programs (or threads).

Derek
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Awesome as always Derek! Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Beautiful and welcome. Please post more.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:58 AM
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Location: Denver
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Listen Derek, we all know that California is beautiful, has some trees, beaches and a diverse landscape. Yes you can go camping, hiking, biking, skiiing and surfing...

WHOOP TEE DOO!

We want to talk about politics, illegals, snobbery, homeless, and the insane cost of living. These are the issues we wrap ourselves in everyday, stressing about to our death, this is what momma warned us about.

Who cares about all of this "beauty" non-sense? Some Earthquake is just going to break it off tomorrow in the name of Satan and it will become an island get-a-way for all of us in the "little states".



/pukes

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Old 06-04-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Where are the photos?
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Listen Derek, we all know that California is beautiful, has some trees, beaches and a diverse landscape. Yes you can go camping, hiking, biking, skiiing and surfing...

WHOOP TEE DOO!

We want to talk about politics, illegals, snobbery, homeless, and the insane cost of living. These are the issues we wrap ourselves in everyday, stressing about to our death, this is what momma warned us about.

Who cares about all of this "beauty" non-sense? Some Earthquake is just going to break it off tomorrow in the name of Satan and it will become an island get-a-way for all of us in the "little states".



/pukes
LOL... This is great! My sentiments exactly regarding this forum. I mean who wants to enjoy the state or talk about anything good here when we can sit back and ****** and moan about anything and everything one can possibly think of regarding CA. Isn't that what this forum is intended for anyway? It kinda reminds me of the media in that way. Sensationalize all the cr@p because thats what the masses are drawn toward.
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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Nice. Man I miss California.
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:25 PM
 
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I used to live in Arcadia about 1/4 mile from the Arboretum. Just about any plant known to man would grow in Arcadia, it seemed to have its very own temperate zone according to Sunset Magazine. Very frustrating really to have zillions of plants to choose from.

I now live in the desert and miss all the green.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Nice Rhodies and light rays. Very nice.

I'm itching to get more Rhododendron pics, but probably next year. Need to plan it right. I arrived this year just as the first buds were popping - mainly exploring for other stuff.

You said this is a glass half full thread. Let me help you fill the the other half.

Below, is a redwood tree in Prairie Creek redwoods. That burl weighs 40,000 pounds - 20 tons. The trunk is slightly over 24 feet in diameter.

Got a reasonable pic of a giant salamander too.

Looks like you know a little "photography" - my stuff is mostly "photographs" with the super-amateur "s" on the end, not the "y" - LOL. That one view of yours looking up at the trees is cool, the shadow in the mist almost makes it look like the trees have some motion.

If you like huge redwood pics, my profile has the way there.







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Old 06-09-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Great shots from Mario! Thanks for posting. That first tree is definately maissive! I like that stump with the moss face too.

Yeah, timing is important to catch the Rhodies. I was fortunate to get there during peak bloom this year. But of course good shots can be had year round depending on weather. The fog/sun combo was a real added bonus for me this year.

Derek
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