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Coming to you today from Sea Ranch on California’s Pacific Coast. Quite a drive up from Glen Ellen through the coastal range west to the coast. I’m in the Redwoods overlooking the ocean.

For me, this is a bit of a vacation for photography and a drastic change of scene. It’s been quite a while since I have gotten away. Over 4 years now that I think of it. The coastal Redwoods are magnificent. Redwood forests create their own ecosystem. They thrive in the fog of the Pacific Coast and their shade and acidic nature provide the environs for ferns and specialized flora. being in the middle of a Redwood forest provides a study of all manner of flora and fauna unseen in other forests. People who live in and around these areas are a bit different also. They are environmentalists with common sense for one thing. They are, for the most part, old families who have lived in the area for decades. It is pretty neat but for tourists, it may seem like a trip back in time to the hippie era of the 60’s.

Addendum.

I had saved the forgoing as a draft. I am home now. The internet connection was skimpy up there and the software, for what reason I will never know, decided to underline every word I typed above the “Addendum.” OK, all is fine now that I am back in Glen Ellen.

I shot nearly 55 photos while tooling around with my wife in my Jeep. We covered a lot of ground and did a fair amount of hiking. I will include a few images that I shot while there for you.

Getting away is always wonderful. It gives perspective and allows time to think of things not having to do with everyday life. Seeing the Redwoods is one thing. Spending 5 days in them is another. For one thing, there are few birds in the forest. One can hear a few “peeps” here and there that sound like Finches. No large birds. No squirrels or mammals to be seen or heard. It is very quiet in the forest. A human sound seems strident and raucous. I suppose one could say that the silence is deafening. Kind of nice for a few days but more than that and I am not sure why anyone would want to live there at all.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and majestic. A wonder of nature to be sure. I did not expect the quiet and it may just have been in the area we stayed. The fires at night (in the fireplace) were fun and cozy. A lot of good things to say but for the quiet. Both my wife and I noted it so it wasn’t just me. The house was an architectural beauty. Clearstory windows and skylights which let the light in to create an airy home. The fog rolled in at night which made the nighttime almost magical.

Well, I don’t want to bore you with any more about the trip so I will let my camera do the talking for me.

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