Sterling, California

Late summer in northern California can see days well into triple digits, but thankfully the Feather River offers a cool retreat from the heat. This particular location, just outside of the small town of Sterling, has been a favorite spot of mine since I was a child. The lush vegetation along the riverbanks and the smooth granite rocks offer up many great nooks to relax in.

One such larger formation in the middle of the rushing river provided Jenn the perfect spot to lie in the sun amongst the tall grasses. The vibrant green providing a stark contrast to the warm skin tones and red hair. This place really is paradise.

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Novato, California

Quite a ways up from the lower and middle falls is a third cascade under heavy tree cover. The climb up to this area is steep, and once you reach the falls you are left with the decision to climb down or view through the trees from the top. Of course, for getting a picture the only choice is to climb down from above. There is no trail, only the side of the canyon to clammer down.

Thanks to an abundance of trees, rocks, and roots; I was able to reach the mid-point of the falls and find a good position that wasn’t obstructed by tree branches. The falls flow right over a large crack in the rock face and continue to fall another 10 feet deep into the canyon below. Reaching the bottom, while possible, is not advised as the rocks are covered in moss and extremely slippery.

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Novato, California

We finally got some rain last week and over the weekend! Gosh it seems like forever since that has happened here in Northern California. I mean a real, decent downpour and not a half day of heavy mist. I decided to take an early morning trip to local Fairway Falls that I had not visited in maybe 10 years.

At the end of Fairway Drive in Novato is a trail access that leads up into Indian Valley and a series of small waterfalls. The falls are mainly seasonal, and have been pretty dry for the past couple years due to the lack of rain. I’ve had this trip planned for almost that long just waiting for the right time to go, and can finally check it off my list. Pictured here is the lower falls, and the easiest to access.

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Davenport, California

The towering sandstone cliffs of the San Mateo coastline may be well known to locals of the area but are seldom the focus of attention. That kinda changes when one goes out to visit Panther Beach just south of Davenport as the cliff face has been sculpted by time, wind, water, and sea spray into intricate patterns and layers.

Panther Beach sits adjacent to the aptly named Hole In The Wall Beach and access is easy during low tide. During high tide however, expect to get more than your feet wet going through the hole between the two beaches, and at times don’t attempt it at all.

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Given the same name as a waterfall in Yosemite National Park, this little waterfall resides on the side of US Highway 50 in the El Dorado National Forest between Pollock Pines and Lake Tahoe.

Below Cave Rock is a little cove and boat launch that grants a vew of the iconic rock while hiding the road, and the caves, from view.

Redwood Creek runs through the towering Coastal Redwood forest of Muir Woods National Monument. Water levels were quite low this year due to very little rain over the winter months but it was a peaceful and serene location none the less.

A very photogenic rock face with the wonderful Tash. We managed to get quite a few shots at this location. Australia, 2009



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