This past week, we had a morning where the rain clouds were
breaking up in the early morning. I chose that day to explore Doton’s Point trail
at Folsom Lake Recreation Area; a trail that was new to me. The grasses and
other plants were displaying their spring green. The early morning sun helped
saturate the colors. Spring was at its finest. I went with the expectation that
I might see some different birds. Instead, I discovered that it was time for some
The beautiful rocks in this image are granite. The area around this portion of Folsom Lake is called Granite Bay because of the abundance of granite in the area. Like the Sierra Nevada mountains, this area sets on a pluton, a large blob of magma that cooled slowly underground to form granite then was uplifted and exposed.
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Untitled, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, JUL 2011
Five years ago, I saw the giant sequoia for the first time. Like most people, I was in awe of these giant trees. Their imposing size and their presence in the forest really impressed me. My images Among the Elders and Sequoia Giganteum attempt to capture the scale of these trees. However, I also found that the furrows and ridges of their bark create a sculptural beauty that is striking. Over the ensuing years, I’ve taken images of a few trees whose patterns really struck me. Here is a sample of what I found.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
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