"Whittemore Gulch at Dusk"
This is another shot from my recent trip to Purisima Creek Redwoods. It was an absolutely incredible hike, with awesome views as well as some really playful fog that interacted nicely with the landscape. I took some shots that I thought would for sure be keepers, but I knew they'd be tough to process on Photoshop due to the huge contrast in the scenes. The last two photographs I've posted from this trip were relatively low-contrast -- clearly I've been putting it off. But I couldn't put it off forever, so here is one of the high contrast scenes, taken on Whittemore Gulch Trail.
Whittemore Gulch Trail is one of the more difficult hikes in Purisima Creek Redwoods, but also one of the most rewarding. There are steep ascents, but they repay you with stunning vistas over redwood forests, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. This view would indeed include the ocean on a fogless day, but those are rare in summer. Even though the fog is common, I still hope for it when hiking in this area, because it gives the photographs that distinctly California feel. And towards dusk, when it creeps further inland, I love how the gold sea of fog turns mountains into islands.