Muir Woods: a Photoessay

Nestled in a valley not far from the knotted web of Bay Area traffic and coursing flow of humanity is a space dedicated to showcasing some of nature’s treasures.


The majesty of redwoods is best experienced in person. These giants are not only tall, but also express such personality. Each tree is unique from the next one. They seem to grow in families, clustered as if to offer support and companionship to one another.


I found myself intrigued by the light and shadows. At two in the afternoon, the sun struggled to penetrate these amazing tall trees. Occasionally we would see the soft glow of light where the sun found its way through the canopy.


I love the way this forest demonstrates how it sustains itself. Trees that have fallen and died, teem with live as decomposers work at recycling…returning the tree trunks to the soil to feed new life. As I paid close attention, I noticed these mushrooms growing from a broken trunk.


And as I continued walking I spied these beauties growing along the edge of the trail in with the clovers.


The stream was pretty shallow… After all, summer has just ended and the rainy season has not yet begun. I worked to capture the water’s movement…and to my surprise I captured the reflection of the trees above in the water!


And as a southern Californian who has to search for fall colors in trees, I noticed the leaves of the deciduous trees in my adventures today. There were no reds and oranges evident, but this yellow caught my eye.


Walking through the woods today was refreshing. The fresh, fragrant air and the natural beauty of the trees felt like a massage…relaxing and energizing.

What do you do to relax and rejuvenate? What amazing places do you have the opportunity Ito explore?

4 thoughts on “Muir Woods: a Photoessay

  1. Wiebke Elbe

    Walking under these giants always reminds me of the inadequateness of our daily race. Being with the Redwoods, witnesses from other centuries, or standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon, gazing down back in time, is so calming. It brings things back into perspective.
    Your blog entry prompts me – it is time to drive north for a visit.. or east…?

    1. kd0602 Post author

      It was definitely time for me! Time well spent…you captured my feelings of awe in your comments! Thanks for taking the time to comment!


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