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Entering Old Growth Country

Posted by Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 26 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres (8,100 km2) of the California coast. The northern portion of that area, originally inhabited by Native Americans, attracted many lumbermen and others turned gold miners when a minor gold rush brought them to the region. Failing in efforts to strike it rich in gold, these men turned toward harvesting the giant trees for booming development in San Francisco and other places on the West Coast. After many decades of unobstructed clear-cut logging, serious efforts toward conservation began.

By the 1920s the work of the Save-the-Redwoods League, founded in 1918 to preserve remaining old-growth redwoods, resulted in the establishment of Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks among others. Redwood National Park was created in 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged. The National Park Service (NPS) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) administratively combined Redwood National Park with the three abutting Redwood State Parks in 1994 for the purpose of cooperative forest management and stabilization of forests and watersheds as a single unit.

Pentax K200D 1/90 second F/4.5 ISO 800 97 mm (35mm equiv.)

oregon | coast | highway | giant | redwoods

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Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An interesting explanation about this place

26 Oct 2010 5:18am

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful composition! I love the perspective in this. Wonderful lush color and textures! It makes me want to explore down the road a ways! Very nice, Eric!

26 Oct 2010 5:27am

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you very much Pam! You are most welcome to stay for the ride...... ;-)

Yvon from Orleans, France

great landscape

26 Oct 2010 5:28am

@Yvon: Thank you Yvon! ;-)

Hediyeh from Tehran, Iran

wow ! fantastic !

26 Oct 2010 6:28am

@Hediyeh: Thank you very much Hediyeh! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful ! Impressiv how much it is thick !

26 Oct 2010 6:30am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! Ye, these are very large trees...... ;-)

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Nice tones of green

26 Oct 2010 6:38am

@Marie LC: Thank you very much Marie! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Very nicely framed.. love the dark green shades.. thanks for the background info :)>

26 Oct 2010 7:38am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! Hope you enjoy the trip..... ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Love the green and the darkness of thr forest , Phil.

26 Oct 2010 8:29am

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! Yes, these giants shut out the sunlight from the forest floor..... ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Bel angle de vue, on a envie de s'enfoncer dans cette belle verdure!

26 Oct 2010 8:49am

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful composition ! A great perspective of lovely green trees along the road ...
Very nice toness of green and magical light ... An admirable explanation too ...
Excellent, Eric ! Regards, Sam :-)

26 Oct 2010 9:02am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! I hope you will stay and enjoy the trip...... ;-)

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Looks like we're beginning to get to the good stuff. Happy Tuesday.

26 Oct 2010 10:07am

@Larry Elkins: THank you very much Larry! ;-)

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

You have made a road and trees look very interesting

26 Oct 2010 10:10am

@P J W Miller: Thank you very much Peter! Yes, they are very interesting indeed...... ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Awesome view of these so tall trees

26 Oct 2010 10:11am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! I hope you enjoy the rest of the trip...... ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

There's a warning in the majestic standing of these giants, like...keep destruction to yourselves! A great perspective, a little bit scaring,too....

26 Oct 2010 10:27am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes, the fight to save old growth forests is hotly disputed both in the US and Canada! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Lovely composed picture .

26 Oct 2010 12:00pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Fascinating history and a particularly nice feeling of entering into the forest.

26 Oct 2010 1:04pm

@GJC: Thank you very much GJC! Yes, entering an old growth forest is something akin to entering a place of worship.... ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This road calls us forward to see what comes next!

26 Oct 2010 2:04pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Hope you enjoy the rest of the trip..... ;-)

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Love the light coming through the trees. I want to see what's around the corner. Beautiful shot Eric.

26 Oct 2010 2:11pm

@Terral: Thank you very much Terral! Hold tight we are getting there in due course...... ;-)

P. Morris from Canada

Unbelievably beautiful road there lined with the wonderful trees. I am lost
here Eric in all this beauty and do not want to leave. Wonderful work.

26 Oct 2010 2:21pm

@P. Morris: Thank you very much Phil! Stay with me for the rest of the trip....you will not be disappointed! ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Gorgeous spot! I love the depth of the darkness captured as the road turns into the forest. Beautiful!

26 Oct 2010 2:30pm

@Bettina: Thank you very much Bettina! These giants block out the sunshine from the forest floor. The resulting atmosphere is unique and awe inspiring. Hopefully by the end of the series I hope you will agree.... ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous. excellent leading lines

26 Oct 2010 3:34pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric
The road was photographed from an excellent view. The incident light from above the treetops and the deep green bring the street despite the slight darkness, excellent expression. I like it very much. Thank you for the interesting information about this image. Have a nice evening and all the best including your family. Thank you very much for all your nice comments. Dear greetings Christel

26 Oct 2010 5:24pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! These giant trees block the sunlight from reaching the forest floor. It is an impressive sight to see..... ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Eric - First, your write-up is superb. Very well put together and accurate. The image makes me homesick as my oldest sister used to live just outside of Eureka so we would travel there often from the central valley and Sacramento area. Well done all 'round, sior!

26 Oct 2010 5:36pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! I think it is important to put each photo into a context where viewers can understand what they are seeing. Glad it brings back good memories.... ;-)

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Thanks for the background. You cannot beat a good forest.

26 Oct 2010 6:58pm

@Philip: Thank you very much Philip! This type of old growth has long since been depleted in Europe. It is something that I feel everyone needs to see in their lifetime. You will not escape unchanged...... ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Fantastic shot!!! Love this view!

26 Oct 2010 7:07pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful composed image. Looks like really old forest. Graet capture!

26 Oct 2010 7:57pm

@larans: Thank you very much Larans! Yes, some estimates are that these forests are upwards of 1200 years old.... ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

very freat capture

26 Oct 2010 9:33pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful tree lined road. Out east, we don't and never had giant trees. Enjoyed the description...thanks for sharing!

26 Oct 2010 9:56pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! Hope you enjoy the trip...... ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is a wonderful image, Eric ... the road is one we'd love to drive. You found a great little pull-off.

26 Oct 2010 10:03pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Hope you enjoy the rest of the trip...... ;-)

Elliott from Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

great capture,,, love to see how much light these beautiful works of nature can block....fantastic work

26 Oct 2010 11:36pm

@Elliott: Thank you very much Elliott! Yes, they definitely create their own environment..... ;-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A very nice, tunneled feel.

26 Oct 2010 11:46pm

@Dutçh: Thank you very much Kristen! ;-)

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

These trees are magnificent. The forest was definitely the highlight of our Oregon trip. I love how my eyes want to follow the road. Excellent!

26 Oct 2010 11:48pm

@Georgie: Thank you very much George! Yes, it will be a lifelong memory to be treasured forever! ;-)

Karthik from Chennai, India

Splendid shot! Love the composition and the trees lining the road...
Wonderful perspective and lighting....

27 Oct 2010 2:40am

@Karthik: Thank you very much Sunder! Hope you enjoy the rest of the trip..... ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely road shot entering this forest of giants....light must be a bit tricky once in the forest..they are so tall these trees....beautiful..

27 Oct 2010 3:28am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! Yes, the lighting is very unique and tricky when you enter the giant redwood forest as you will see in a few days..... ;-)

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

Beautiful composition! and great DOF ! i really like it well done!

27 Oct 2010 1:08pm

@Ioanaz: Thank you very much Ioanaz! ;-)

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wonderful shot ! Excellent composition and lighting Eric, the redwoods look so majestic and beautiful...one of my favorites :)

1 Nov 2010 1:32am

@Satvik: Thank you very much Satvik! ;-)