With only a few short days away from work, we packed up the Element in May and high-tailed it down the interstate to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in northern California.
As soon as we arrived, we took the short loop hike through Stout Grove, chasing afternoon light beams that slanted through the ancient redwoods. We then drove deeper into the state park on Howland Hill Road, a one-lane scenic route that winds through the redwood forest to Crescent City and California's rocky coastline.
Photography in the forest can be difficult due to extremes of light that make proper exposure a challenge. Depending on the conditions, forest light often consists of both the dim shade of the forest floor and bright sunlight streaming through the canopy. On more than one occasion we caught a momentary sunbeam on the forest floor and rushed blindly to capture it on camera. Despite the difficulty, there are few places as captivating to try our hand at forest photography than in the company of thousand-year-old redwoods.
Stay tuned for more of our adventures on Highway 101!