Lady Bird Morning

Sunrise in the Redwood Forests
Redwood National Park, CA

Willie, David, and I had planned on doing a Redwood National Park trip well before COVID hit, and we weren’t sure if our plans would be ruined. Actually, we were pretty sure they would be. But things started looking better by early May and the hotels and parks opened up enough for us to decide it was safe to do the trip. We took as many precautions as we could, including quarantining, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer at all times, socially distancing, and using separate vehicles. At the last second, Miles Morgan decided he needed to get the heck out of the house, and he joined us too.

It’s a long drive up North — about 7 hours. We spent a few days photographing various Redwood groves, searching for rhododendron blossoms. On our last morning we decided to drive an hour south, to Lady Bird Johnson Grove, as it would reduce the long haul back to the Bay by an hour. The grove was super hard to photograph in but we made a few images that worked.

In this particular scene I loved the combination of the old Spanish moss on the tree, combined with the rhode next to it. The light was filtering in through the trees and created a spotlight effect. It was too juicy to pass up.

Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8:
40mm, f/11, 0.5 sec, ISO 320

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.