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12 June 2006 @ 10:21 pm
Muir Woods  
This piece of land was somehow spared from the axe and because of that miracle, we still see a beautiful old forest. I've not traveled much but I've seen the beaches, the scrub forests, the deciduous forests, the high grasslands and the snow-covered peaks, but thick rain forests have their own fantastic charm which is not comparable with anything else in this world.

One of my co-workers who had been to Muir woods a few weeks ago, gave us such a bad review, that I was actually thinking whether to go there at all. With the choicest of words, he advised to avoid that place at all costs. Well, thank god for the Internet - a quick search yielded enough information about the place and it was quickly back on the to-visit list. I'm glad I did. And I don't think it's the last visit as well.

On the way - Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco

On the way - Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco

Through the woods

A tree fallen across a creek - a natural bridge!

Giant Redwood! Easily the biggest trees I've seen.

Narrow path through the woods

Narrow-er path through the woods

Steps along a path

Main trail by the creek

A fallen tree across a trail. 1/10 second hand-held and very sharp and still can't believe it.

Brown creeper. The only certhiid found in North America. An unintended mistake while taking this photograph. But seriously, it was that dark where the bird was. This bird is named a creeper because it walks on trees in a fashion similar to how creepers grow. They are so well camouflaged, that if they don't call or move, it's impossible to see them!

Brown creeper. Finishing off an insect! :)

Premshree Pillaipremshree on June 13th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Second pic = wow! Please to be sending high-res one: name at gmail. :-)
Yathinyathin on June 13th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
sent to your -inc account.
ashbirderashbirder on June 13th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)

Beautiful! Love the redwoods.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on June 13th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Stunning, as always. I am SO glad you ignored your colleague's bad review and went to see for yourself. I am originally from the Pacific Northwest and think it one of the most beautiful parts of the United States. I'm just sorry that you won't be able to get up to the area around Portland, Oregon and Seattle, with Mount Rainier and Mount Hood and Crater Lake. Perhaps you will get the opportunity another time.
Yathinyathin on June 13th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
I've heard about how beautiful it is beyond northern California - Oregon and Seattle, but going there means I'll have to take at least a few days off from work, which is unlikely to happen this time. :(
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on June 13th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
You're young, there will be another time, and when you are ready to go, I have family there, most of whom are keen hikers and naturalists, and I will put you in touch with people who can show you some very special, very private places.
zhenzhizhenzhi on June 13th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
i agree, rainforest is the ultimate! :-)
Yathinyathin on June 13th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
Even though it's a photographer's nightmare, I think the best time to be in a rainforest is when it's raining. :)
sandeep: enlighteneddeepsan on June 13th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
depontideponti on June 13th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
cut and paste my usual reaction here...
that mist-covered GG Bridge...oh,my, what pictures.

I want to meet this colleague who told you to avoid Muir Woods...

and...on that "natural bridge" picture, I love the way the moss is waiting to decant anyone that crosses, into the stream!

I will send you the pic of the creeper that Mohan took in Corbett...I couldn't id it, Abhijit Menon-Sen of Delhi did it for me...

enjoy your extended stay in Oosa..because you let us all enjoy it,too.
kejnkejn on June 13th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
your trail pictures sort of remind me of madeira (off the coast of portugal) where you can walk along "levadas" (small irrigation canals along the hillsides), but of course they don't have giant redwood trees there.
Yathinyathin on June 13th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
I think I should add it to my ever-growing list of to-visit-in-this-lifetime list. :)
nithininthing on June 13th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
Did you see Big Sur ? I went there recently and the redwood forests make life really plesant there. From your description, the place looks very similar to Muir woods.
Yathinyathin on June 13th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yep, been to the Big Sur, but didn't really hike in the Redwood forests, but spent the time driving along the spectacular highway.
Alikialiki on June 13th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
Stunning fog pics of the bridge!
Margaretrivendweller on June 13th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos! I am not such a good photographer. I know nothing about lighting or apertures, etc. I try sometimes to capture the beauty of my home, but usually fail miserably. I'll not give up, though!

Those are coastal redwoods. They are the tallest and slimmest of the redwood trees. If you get a chance, you should visit the Sequoia redwoods in Calaveras County (my home county). We have a state park called "Big Trees." The Sequoia redwoods are somewhat shorter, but thicker and older than the coastal variety. They look very primeval and ancient. Some of them are 3,000 years old.
Yathinyathin on June 13th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
> I try sometimes to capture the beauty

Best of luck for that. While shooting nature, I usually prefer cloudy days or the warm morning/evening light. Cloudy days have lot of soft ambient light, though we'll need extremely stable hands or a tripod for support but the photos will be very pleasant. The slanting rays of the sun during the late evenings and early mornings is another great time for photography. Usually in such situations, I try to have the sun behind my back (a massive natural flash!).

> They are the tallest and slimmest of the redwood trees

Slimmest? wow! I really have to see the larger trees now. Thanks for the link, the Sequoia national park is a few hours drive, so that can surely happen on one of the weekends. :)
Margaretrivendweller on June 13th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it, and I'll look forward to your photos.

Thank you for the photography advice. I will try to remember!
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on June 13th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
I guess it is a matter of personal choice and that is why your colleague gave you such a bad review. But i am glad you did not give up and looked up for more details. Nice pictures - refreshing to see so much of thick green everywhere.
WigNesvighy on June 13th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Lovely pics!
ssheidissheidi on June 13th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant!
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Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
I think they clean it up, even I thought it was just a little too clean. :)
enigmaticash: brown eyesenigmaticash on June 14th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
first pic reminded of jurassic park days :)
lovely pics