Rockefeller Forest

Rockefeller Forest, located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is significant for being the world’s largest remaining old-growth redwood forest. Visually it is an interesting place with two “Champion Trees” (one of them already collapsed) within a five minute walk of the parking area. The Giant Tree, pictured above, is a Champion Tree as it signifies …

Humboldt Redwoods State Park Camping

Humboldt Redwoods State Park has some amazing campgrounds. I had never spent any time at Humboldt Redwoods before aside from driving part of the Avenue of the Giants a few years ago so it was quite the surprise to find such an amazing campground surrounded by the world’s tallest trees. We spent the weekend camping …

Pops

What Ansel Adams was to nature photography is what Louis Armstrong was to jazz. I just finished reading, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, at the recommendation of a friend and I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone with an interest in music. Louis Armstrong was a great man who overcame many hardships in …

Trinidad State Beach

Trinidad State Beach, California This was taken on the last evening of the trip. I didn’t really encounter any special lighting conditions during this trip, as it was mostly just harsh light, but it was a relatively productive trip nonetheless. Trinidad is definitely a place that I would like to explore some more as this …

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

Bush Lupine at Sunset, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, California I couldn’t pull myself away from motel TV while watching Game 4 of the NBA Finals until the almost too late (8 minutes to go in the game, 12 til the sunset, Lakers up by 2) to get this sunset. After the sunset, I turned the …

Louis Armstrong Mural, Eureka

Louis Armstrong Mural on Parking Lot Wall, Eureka, California Eureka seems to have a lot of murals all over town. This mural of legendary jazz trumpeter and singer, Louis Armstrong really caught my eye because he was someone that I have a lot of respect for. I believe that this mural was probably done for …

Richard Sweasey Theatre, Eureka

Arkley Center For The Performing Arts in Richard Sweasey Theater Building, Eureka, California Carson Mansion is a beautiful Victorian mansion no doubt, but I think the architectural style of the Richard Sweasey Theatre is just as unique. When driving through Eureka on Highway 101, it really caught my attention. This building was built in 1919 …

Carson Mansion, Eureka

The Carson Mansion, Old Town Eureka, California Carson Mansion is arguably the most recognizable landmark on the North Coast. A Victorian-era mansion, it’s a private men’s club now so there are no tours offered. The nice thing about photographing Carson Mansion before dawn is that there are no other tourists out there. The lights are …

Crab Pots, Woodley Island Marina

Crab Pots and Fishing Nets at Woodley Island Marina, Eureka, California Though I’m a nature photographer at heart, I find one of the most zen-like photography moments to be wandering around fishing docks before dawn. There is just something really calm and soothing about them that I can’t explain. This is one of the reasons …