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Avenue of the Giants

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 2 November 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of old Highway 101, which parallels Freeway 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt and is accessible to all with convenient services provided along the way. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.

PENTAX K200D 1/45 second F/4.0 ISO 400 57 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb ! Blue and green through the leaves ,a great light and this highway ! Beautiful !

2 Nov 2010 5:54am

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

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Nice road

2 Nov 2010 6:49am

@Marie LC: Thank you Marie! ;-)

Cruz from exurbia, United States

I know this place too well...went here many times as a kid and have been coming back for decades...thanks for bringing back some great old memories.

2 Nov 2010 7:05am

@Cruz: Thank you very much Cruz! Glad this has brought back good memories. Hope I can live up to your expectations..... ;-)

P. Morris from Canada

Looks like a forest anyone would be enchanted by, superb capture.

2 Nov 2010 7:12am

@P. Morris: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Must be a very nice experience to drive through here.. beautiful green, lovely light and shadow. Thanks for the background info :)>

2 Nov 2010 8:57am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! Yes indeed, it was an experience of a lifetime! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Good title for this splendid view.

2 Nov 2010 10:00am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Ah. Some of the big boys.

2 Nov 2010 10:05am

@Larry Elkins: Thank you Larry! Yep!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

How lucky you were to drive through this wonderful scenery.

2 Nov 2010 10:27am

@GJC: Thank you very much GJC! Yes, beauty surrounds us. It is our job to take the time to enjoy it..... ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

It must be a magnificent drive through this stand of old redwood forest. A lovely vista you have created with this shot!

2 Nov 2010 11:04am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes the experience was phenominal! Hopefully I can do justice to the majesty of these magnificent trees. ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I'd love to drive this one day. Thanks for this great visual preview.

2 Nov 2010 12:11pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! It should be on everyone's "bucket list"! ;-)

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

...and what a beautiful drive it is. Everyone should get to see it, at least once in their lives.
Thanks for the memories, Eric.

2 Nov 2010 1:06pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! I think you would agree that the drive is a life altering event. You are forever changed once you have had a chance to commingle with these giants..... ;-)

Barbara from Florida, United States

Beautiful!
Thanks for the narrative details, I will make sure I get there.
I could create many memories with scenery like this.

2 Nov 2010 1:24pm

@Barbara: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, this is definitely a place to create memories..... ;-)

kate maher from United Kingdom

~Eric :)~simply divine~~

2 Nov 2010 1:38pm

@kate maher: Thank you very much Kate! ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the Avenue of the Giants, and this feels just like I am there! A beautiful image!

2 Nov 2010 1:45pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series....... ;-)

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful road shot. Love the light coming through the trees.

2 Nov 2010 2:24pm

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

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

so lovely. that is a great stretch to bicycle on a hot sunny day

2 Nov 2010 2:41pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! Yes, I would imagine it would be idylic..... ;-)

missparis from PARIS, France

Une superbe lumière

2 Nov 2010 3:15pm

@missparis: Merci beaucoup MissParis! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent

2 Nov 2010 4:40pm

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

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric
The overall view gives the feeling to be right on the spot. The road, the shadows and the incident light between the trees, including color and detail is excellent. Thanks for the interesting information and all the nice comments. Have a nice evening and all the best including your family. Dear greetings Christel

2 Nov 2010 5:03pm

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

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Hi Eric! I like how you caught the shadows and light. Beautiful!

2 Nov 2010 6:58pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! ;-)

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Thanks for sharing Eric, it just gives me more and more reason to emigrate to your country, it's one of our plans

2 Nov 2010 7:10pm

@P J W Miller: Thank you very much Peter! Good luck in your planning...... ;-)

Anika from tehran, Iran

Beautiful And dreamy... :-)

2 Nov 2010 7:47pm

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

Ellada from Karpenissi, Greece

A nice road to take a walk.

2 Nov 2010 7:59pm

@Ellada: Thank you very much Ellada and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon...... ;-)

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nice pov. I like the yelloe centre lines leading into the distance. Nice shadow/lighting control.

2 Nov 2010 8:13pm

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

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What majestic trees… A very nice shot

2 Nov 2010 8:52pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! Yes, majestic is a very appropriate description of these giants........ ;-)

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Superb light and shadows ! Nice spotted shot.

2 Nov 2010 9:03pm

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

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Beautiful perspective and landscape! Majestic trees are part of this fabulous composition! This must be a stunning scenic drive! I would love to visit here someday!!!

2 Nov 2010 11:46pm

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you very much Pam! Yes, definitely something you need to see....... ;-)

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful composition with wonderful light and shadows. This is a drive I'd love to make.

3 Nov 2010 1:57am

@Bill Brown: Thank you very much Bill! Definitely something that should be on everyone's "bucket list"...... ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Amazing. This road is like a tunnel of lovey trees.

3 Nov 2010 2:03am

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, it definitely is...... ;-)

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Simply beautiful! The light at the end of the"tunnel" pushes my curiosity of what's up ahead. Excellent!

3 Nov 2010 2:13am

@Georgie: Thank you very much G! It will definitely delight you...... ;-)

Becky from los angeles, United States

A beautiful path of travel - I love the way the trees bend in to join in the journey! Gorgeous light - comp.

3 Nov 2010 3:09am

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

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wow, what a beautiful road to drive on ! Great capture Eric, nice lighting.

3 Nov 2010 3:10am

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

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that is some gorgeous light! I love the shadowing. Very beautiful!

3 Nov 2010 4:17am

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

Sunder from Chennai, India

Excellent shot! Fantastic capture of the lights..
love the winding road and the converging trees...

3 Nov 2010 4:54am

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

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Perfect title!

3 Nov 2010 1:08pm

@Sarah: Thank you very much Sarah! Actually this is the real name of this highway...... ;-)

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Oops! Sorry... well whoever named the highway did it perfectly! The photo of course is beautiful - lovely capture!

3 Nov 2010 5:01pm

@Sarah: Thank you Sarah! ;-))

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Gorgeous image, the tunnel under the trees is great!

3 Nov 2010 5:54pm

@Dutçh: Thank you very much Kristen! Yes, it makes for a very impressive drive.... ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The light fights to get onto the ribbon of the road with very little success....but enough to let you take this shot of the Great Natural Tunnel.....The giant trees and the old fern make good companions!

4 Nov 2010 6:28am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes, these ferns play a vital role in the health of an old growth forest.... ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautiful capture..lovely lead in into this awesome forest...so lovely...

4 Nov 2010 12:32pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

A super inviting road, i love the light and the path through !

4 Nov 2010 5:18pm

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! Yes, it is a very beautiful road to travel..... ;-)

PENTAX K200D
1/45 second
F/4.0
ISO 400
57 mm (35mm equiv.)

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