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Old Growth Redwood Photos

Hi NTS BBS.

As an introductory post I'd like to share some of my old growth redwood photography.

I'd like to re-shoot a lot of these locations since upgrading to a full frame DSLR, but I'm unfortunately too far away to make weekend trips these days. Though, I will be taking a couple of extended trips up to RNP for off-trail exploration toward the end of the year. If the rhododendron bloom is decent in 2015, I'll be back up to shoot that as well. If I have any new photos worth sharing, I'll add to this thread.

Cheers!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/80371710@N05
by MaxF
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:41 pm
 
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Re: Old Growth Redwood Photos

Photos from last week. If you recognize one, please don't name it in the thread. Just enjoy. :)

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by MaxF
Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:22 am
 
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Re: Maple Height Record - Humboldt Honey - 157.8 ft.

Remeasured the maple yesterday.

160.43 ft.

A couple feet taller than last time.
by mdvaden
Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:42 am
 
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Re: Trip Planning

John, in the winter I usually park to the west of the Big Tree area to enter the flats south of Bull Creek. It's the parking area on the left of the attached image. It's only about 1.2 miles from parking to reach the Big Tree area, then onto the really tall stuff. Starting out from this trailhead, the first flat south of Bull Creek has a nice grove (with several large downed redwoods). The upland portion before reaching the Big Tree area has some pretty old growth Doug Fir. When the trillium are blooming, the upland area can be really nice.

KoutaR, maybe someone else on the board can answer that. I've seen posts from Dr. Van Pelt in the past and I'm pulling my info from Forest Giants.
by MaxF
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:25 pm
 
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Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Joe,

I've had the tree verified, and I've shared pictures and coordinates with several authorities in the tree community. There are a variety of reasons why I'm not sharing photos with the public.

1. The tree is old.
2. The tree is on a steep slope.
3. This tree cannot afford regular visits.
4. I personally like looking for trees I've never seen in pictures. It enriches the imagination, and makes for a more magical experience. For me, something is lost when I find a tree I've already seen in pictures. When a tree reveals itself to me for the first time in a remote forest, the sense of awe and wonder that accompanies that experience is unmatched by recognizing a tree from a photo.

Just my two cents.
by John Montague
Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:36 pm
 
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Redwood-Ed

Hello NTS Members,

My name is Edgar 'Ed' Gilbert, but I'm frequently referred to by my other nickname, 'Redwood-Ed', which is not to be confused with the redwood education organization more recently founded by the 'Save-the-Redwoods League' and referred to as 'Redwood Ed'. My nickname was given to me by others many years ago in respect for my extensive involvement in the study, interpretation, exploration and hike leading in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains. I was born and raised in coastal Oregon, worked during my youth in logging and lumber mill operations, studied and received my BS-Engineering degree from Oregon State University, worked as an engineer for two national forest product companies - namely 'Western Kraft Corporation' and 'Crown Zellerbach Corporation' - early in my professional career. My professional career ended when I sold my manufacturing company, 'DSC Diamond-Bilt' - for which I had served as President and CEO - and retired in 1991. My current home is in Rio Del Mar, California. I have subsequently been heavily involved in volunteer work - most specifically for more than 22 years with the California State Parks, for which I have received the prestigious 'California Poppy Award'. I am a long-time member and current Vice President and Director of the non-profit 'Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks'. I am also a member of the 'Sempervirens Fund' and a 'Legacy Circle Member' of the 'Save the Redwoods League'. I continue to be very actively involved in exploration and study of our coastal redwoods throughout their 450-mile range, which is attested to by my personal web-site, 'http://www.redwood-ed.com'. Thank you for accepting me into membership in this fine organization.
by Redwood-Ed
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:41 pm
 
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Exploring the Redwood Forest (Humboldt Redwoods State Park)

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I was fortunate to be able to explore another section of Humboldt Redwoods State Park over the weekend. I was focusing on finding some of the largest trees in the forest and taking their pictures.
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I camped the night before and the forest was dark, dark, dark. There was hardly any noise all night either, other than a few creatures running through the duff from time to time. The frogs are quiet now, and the creeks are running low.
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I awoke to one of my favorite sounds-the whistle of the Varied Thrush. They didn't seem to sing very long though, by the time I packed up my stuff and began exploring, the forest was silent again.
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I like to spend my time away from the Avenue of the Giants. The silence of the redwood forest is one of its endearing qualities in my opinion. There is way too much car noise along the Avenue.
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Of course, there were plenty of fantastic trees to see.
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Overall, another memorable trip...
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by Mark Collins
Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:15 pm
 
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Re: Coast Redwood bigger than average

The tape war rather hard to get around this tree. Took Atkins maybe 30 minutes to get it where he wanted it.
by mdvaden
Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:28 pm
 
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The Lost Coast, CA

I hiked the Lost Coast Trail over the weekend with a couple of friends, and was really excited to see what the status of the forest was in this mysterious region. I was saddened to discover and hear from one of the locals that much of the area had already been logged long ago. While driving in, I saw a few gigantic redwoods here and there, and some enormous Douglas Fir, like this beauty along Usal Road (below).
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Debris from the Fukushima tsunami is also beginning to appear on the beaches, much of it covered with an assortment of marine life.
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Otherwise, an excellent and stunningly beautiful trail. Does anyone know more about the logging history here? I noticed a lot of grass covered hills where I expected to see trees especially with the amount of rainfall this region receives.
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by Mark Collins
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:47 pm
 
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Re: Old Growth Redwood Photos

Here are a bunch of photos from the latest trip to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This time I was joined by fellow redwood enthusiast, Yinghai. In our first time exploring the parks together we successfully located a couple of individual trees we had our hearts set on finding (pictured but not named below).
by MaxF
Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:55 pm
 
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Ladybird Johnson Redwood Grove, CA

WNTS Forum Members-
Having a free day in the northcoast of California, I chose to revisit a number of locations once quite familiar to me, including a hike into the Ladybird Johnson Redwood Grove near Orick, California.
To encourage fellow WNTS-ers, I used a point and shoot camera, an old laptop, and Microsoft software (MS Word, Internet Explorer), to illustrate how quick and easy it is to capture an afternoon outing or a weekend hike.
It's spring somewhere, time to get out and rejoice in our local woods and forests!
by Don
Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:43 pm
 
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Suggestions for visiting Vancouver Island?

Hello NTS BBS,

I'm putting together plans to visit some of the old growth forests on Vancouver Island, likely next summer. I'm going to focus on the areas highlighted below and save the Clayoquot Valley and Tofino/Meares Island area for another trip. The list was put together using Randy Stoltmann's books and AFA's website.

Any areas I've missed? Anything I should be aware of for the areas I've selected? Other suggestions?

This may not be the most appropriate way to use the board, but I promise to shower you all with lots of old growth photos after I return.

Port Renfrew Area
- Red Creek Doug Fir
- San Juan Sikta
- Avatar Grove
- Big Lonely Doug
- Christy Clark Grove

Carmanah River Area
- Cheewat Lake Cedar
- Carmanah Valley (2 day backpack)
- Walbran Provincial Park - Maxine's Sitka, Botley Lake
- Castle Grove
- Kayak Hobiton and Tsusiat Lakes

Cowichan Lake Area
- Mossy Maple Grove / Fangorn Forest

Cameron Lake Area
- Cathedral Grove (canyon and firebreak)
- Echo Lake
by MaxF
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:49 pm
 
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Canada's 2nd Biggest Douglas-fir Tree Identified in Recent C

Canada's 2nd Biggest Douglas-fir Tree Identified in Recent Clear Cut [on Vancouver Island]


The second largest known Douglas-fir tree in Canada was recently discovered by big tree defenders on Vancouver Island. Named "Big Lonely Doug" by the Ancient Forest Alliance members that found it, this magnificent tree has been left stranded in the middle of a 2012 clear cut by forest liquidators Teal-Jones.

http://vancouverislandbigtrees.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/canadas-2nd-biggest-douglas-fir-tree.html
by KoutaR
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:42 am
 
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Henry Cowell Redwoods field report

This is one of the few smaller parks I hadn't gotten to yet and I was in the area yesterday so I stopped by. It was a very cool morning for what turned out to be a 73 degree day. We arrived before any crowds and had the trail to ourselves. Redwoodhikes.com gives the park 1 star out of 5 and I didn't expect much after having visited all of the larger parks to the north numerous times. I can honestly say that I like this park more than Big Basin (What I've seen of it anyway), Muir Woods, Armstrong Redwoods, or any of the southern most parks I've been to, despite its small size. It is a very lush and quiet place. The morning rays were beautiful as they cut through the fog and squeezed between the ancient red towers. The parks largest tree is a 270', 52'10" CBH tree called "The Giant". Not to be confused with its cousin to the north, "Giant Tree" in Humboldt Redwoods, a 355', 53'7" CBH tree. As impressive as the aforementioned tree is, it doesn't match up against the better known Giant. There are 2 other single stems in the park that I know are over 40' CBH from observation and 1 other that may be. I will do a more thorough exploration this weekend with more measurements. Enjoy the iPhone photos.
by John Harvey
Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:16 pm
 
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Re: Old Growth Redwood Photos

I was back in the parks with fellow redwood enthusiast Yinghai this weekend. Our focus turned from locating extremely tall individuals to the extremely large. We found a few we were looking for (and more!!!). Some of the areas required pretty intense bushwhacking and base views were earned via blood, sweat, and determination.

I caution anyone attempting to find correlations between the photos I share over the next few days. EXIF info is not included. We will not be discussing the individuals with anyone who hasn't already found them on their own. To assuage any fears, some photos will not be shared publicly for the time being.
by MaxF
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:28 am
 
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Re: Old Growth Redwood Photos

Great work and photos as always. You and Yinghai are quite the team. I Enjoy the work you guys do as someone who knows how tough it can be to bushwack these forests.
by John Harvey
Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:55 pm
 
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Re: Old Growth Redwood Photos

I was thinking light painting at night, but using the panels during the day is a great idea.

A few more from the weekend. Experimenting with the Lens Correction settings in Lightroom to remove distortion.
by MaxF
Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:21 am
 
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Re: New dbh champ for SESE

I've liked reading of the redwood (and other exemplary giants) enthusiasts and their 'adoration', appreciation, and wish to protect these few remaining giants.

It's a knife-edge kind of thing though I think. It comes from detectable impact from their visits. As a National Park Service employee during my last ten years before retirement, my duties took place in rarely visited National Monuments and National Parks like the Grand Canyon that have regularly experienced 4 million plus visitors per year, much of that at the South Rim alone.

Mandated by the Organic Act of 1916, the National Park Service primary legislated purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations (16 USC 1).
This has been a balance that is sought almost continuously, with the press of the public to experience the Park's phenomena, and the need to preserve and protect it, for the unimpaired enjoyment for future visitors. Too often, we as National Park stewards see the public 'loving their Parks to death'.

The back and forth debate between you guys is the important thing, as you hone your ethic. Even John Muir's admonition to ""Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints" falls short of the mark in today's world. Witness our own thread.
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by Don
Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:26 pm
 
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Re: New dbh champ for SESE

Lots of good points made here on this thread. I've been asking myself often lately whether or not posting photos and write ups is worth it. It's not an easy decision to make, especially when the inner muse desires to capture the perfect photo, find the most majestic patch of forest, or write the perfect sentence. On one hand, certain photos I have seen online have inspired me to go out in the forest, and when that happens, more discoveries are made. On the other, there is the knowledge that every picture or online post takes a chance. I've had to go back and delete many photos and posts I've made public, and have a lot more work to do in that regard, and it's my personal goal to become more disciplined. As Don mentioned, it is a "knife edged kind of thing."

I have to laugh when I first started looking around the redwood forest. I used to bring orange plastic marking tape to prevent myself from getting lost. Some of the groves I used it in would be embarrassing to admit now. Unfortunately, I worry that's how it goes with this forest. When just starting, the forest can feel infinite, posting a write up or photos of certain areas or trees may not seem like a big deal because in my mind at least, I would think "No one is going to ever step foot in this spot again!" I still get that sensation from time to time. However, the more time one spends in what remains of the redwood forest, you realize just how small and fragile it can seem, and more people will eventually step foot in that same spot.

Anyhow, thanks for the discussion here, seems like an important conversation to continue to have...
by Mark Collins
Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:15 pm
 
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Redwood Coast Explorers 1963 to 2006

The past couple months, I assembled a page about our 2014 discoveries. This weekend, decided to add a section about discoverers of the Coast Redwood forests. Mostly better known names. It started with just a couple of paragraphs and grew to half the page. It will be the bottom half of the page.

See:

LINK > http://www.mdvaden.com/redwood_year_discovery.shtml

For me, it was interesting to see the overlap and interaction all compressed into a nutshell. I spanned 1963 to about 2006. Obviously others have explored redwoods, but I covered people with names more likely to be recognized.

But I may expand it down the road.
by mdvaden
Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:06 am
 
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Redwood Stumps

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Here's something a little different. A couple years ago, a buddy of mine was passing through Northern California and told me he wanted see some big stumps. I thought it was kind of odd at the time, but the idea stuck with me. Lately I've been looking around in some of the logged sections of Redwood National Park for a different redwood experience.
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For those of us who love this forest, walking through the logged parts can be a tough pill to swallow. There are some pretty wild things to see back there though, in particular the bizarre fairy rings and mutations. Above is a small example. I guess the forest has it's fair share of challenges in the coming years. I would love to see what it looks like 500 years from now...
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by Mark Collins
Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:24 am
 
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Re: Redwood Stumps

Here is a 28' dbh snag without the bark ! This might have been over 30' originally.

Fort Dick near Crescent City has the biggest stumps I've ever seen, including FieldBrook, which also has huge stumps. I've measured 3 stumps over 25' dbh in the Fort Dick area, with another 10 stumps over 23' dbh. This large flat was logged in the 1960's
by M.W.Taylor
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:57 pm
 
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The amazing Humboldt Redwoods

I had a day trip to Humboldt Redwood SP this past weekend and it amazes me that no matter how many times you make a trip, you always see something you didn't see before. Here are a few cool photos I took and personal discoveries.
First off, I believe I found Paradox, the worlds 6th tallest tree (I think). I will have to do a couple more measurements next time to confirm. Ill withhold the photos. Secondly, I had a neat opportunity to photograph a young couple walking on the beach of the Eel river next to Rockefeller Forest. It gives a great perspective of how tall the trees are there. IMG_3797.JPG Some of you may have seen the photo on FB. Lastly I found two awesome trees in very different locations that I hadn't noticed before. Ave of Giants Tree 55ft3in.JPG One has a CBH of over 55ft, 330ft tall and the other is a 45ft + CBH stovepipe tree with a great volume. Normally a 45ft CBH tree doesn't catch much of my attention but this one did. Redwood Rockafeller loop forest 45ft2in.jpg Not bad for a days work I suppose.
by John Harvey
Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:16 am
 
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Backpacking Redwood National Park

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I went backpacking in Redwood National Park over Easter weekend with my friend "Moosie." She is a visual artist and this was her first time in the redwoods. She hopes to eventually make some art from the experience.
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We found this big tree lurking in the forest, but we were not it's first visitors.
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This 29 cent Fluffy bread bag was rolled up in a corner. Can anyone date this bread bag?!
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Looking up the tree's chimney.
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We had an excellent first day in the forest. We were treated with a full moon rising over the forest canopy, an unforgettable experience. Rains came later in the evening.
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My tarp early Easter morning. When it rains out here, you really have to "be on your game" right away. I made a few mistakes and quickly found myself wet and cold.
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Rain came down pretty hard most of the morning on Sunday. However, it was a sensory overload in the forest. Pictures don't do justice to the visual feast of green color we were treated with.
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Nice canopy variety.
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With so much happening all around, it's easy to miss the little things.
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Noticing cedar trees (above) for the first time in Redwood National Park was a highlight for me. These were medium sized, just a tease for what I imagine must exist up north...
by Mark Collins
Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:55 pm
 
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Re: Old Growth Redwood Photos

Max, Yinghai,

That second tree looks simply majestic! Sounds like it's going to be another exciting summer/fall. I agree, there are incredible trees still to be found just about anywhere you are inclined to look, even a rare leftover in the logged areas sometimes. We all should pick a date three years down the road and compare notes one day lol
by Mark Collins
Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:09 am
 
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