Monday, August 26, 2013

"Whittemore Gulch at Dusk" -- photo from Purisima Creek Redwoods

"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.

3 comments:

Sandra said...

Fantastic landscape and even more fantastic light make this an outstanding shot. Really great!

kerryl29 said...

Very, very nice. The interceding peaks and fog reminds me of some spots I've photographed from in Kentucky, West Virginia and in and around the Smokies in Tennessee and North Carolina.

--Kerry

David Leland Hyde said...

I like the clouds looking like ocean waves and the sun sinking while illuminating the ends of trees throughout the view. Beautiful light and resulting colors.