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High above the Middle McCloud Falls is the parking lot and viewing platforms. Quite a breathtaking view with a steep switchback trail leading down to the pool below the falls.

The small, lush, otter pond above Linken Dam on the McCloud River. A great place to stop and have lunch and just relax for a bit.

Lower McCloud Falls, a popular fishing and swimming spot, if you dare to brave the cold water that is. This shot is from the paved viewing area up on the ridge. Managed to catch it when nobody was around.

Late autumn out at the Marin French Cheese Company’s duck pond. The fallen leaves from this tree have created a fairly undisturbed blanket on the grass below while the sky above is starting to show some life in preparation for the coming winter.

Late Fall out at the Marin French Cheese Company. The summer leaves have all fallen, the tourists gone, and the picnic benches lie vacant. But despite the decline in visitors over the winter months, this place is still a beauty with the duck pond and rolling hills in the distance. Continue reading

The trail leading out of Muir Woods Park and eventually winding its way up to the Mt. Tam summit starts off as an easy climb. Before too long however you’ll find yourself fighting the “uphill” battle to reach the top before your water supply runs out, especially in the summer.

Old growth Coastal Redwoods towering over a mostly dry section of Redwood Creek in Muir Woods, California. Some of these trees have reached heights of 500ft tall!

Had the chance to use my 37-70mm f/3.5 AIS lens for this one. I really do love that lens but it is heavy and manual focus takes time which is difficult in tourist areas.

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.

This massive Coastal Redwood tree had fallen with such ferocity that it’s outer layer of bark was torn off. The park service had to cut a chunk of the tree out that was blocking the path and as such this part of the tree lays next to the walkway where some visitors have taken it upon themselves to leave carvings in the soft exposed wood.

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