Morning at Olmsted Point 

Morning at Olmsted Point. It’s so weird – many people stop at the parking lot, get out, read one or two of the interpretive signs, make a photo, and leave.

I don’t get that… they’re driving for HOURS to go to Yosemite National Park, pay $30 to get into the park, and don’t even bother to walk three minutes to get away from the road, to the scenic lookout?More

Scenic Afternoon Cruise

After our morning walk at McGee creek and lunch we drove north on Highway 395 to scout some locations that Gary Crabbe mentioned in a video he posted just a couple of days before we left – it was really helpful, thanks Gary!

Our first stop in the afternoon was Dunderberg Meadows and Virgina Lakes. Our initial idea was to drive to Bridgeport via Green Creek, but after a mile or two of a bumpy ride on the dirt road we didn’t really feel in the mood to continue. 😛 Instead, we had a look at Virginia Lakes and I noticed a nice trail starting there. We only had a brief look since it was afternoon already, so I made a mental note to check out that trail on my map of the area (it’s always easier for me once I’ve seen the trailhead with my own eyes).More

Freiburg Impressions

When we visited Freiburg together with my sister and brother in law I definitely wanted to see the minster and the bell tower with the big historic bells (general information about the minster and it’s bells can be found on Wikipedia). I’m not a religious person at all, but I like sacral buildings a lot – for their ambiance, architecture, and the sense of calm they often seem to provide.More

Photo of the foggy crowns of Redwood trees at Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Road Trip Day 7 – Humboldt County

After a good night’s sleep my condition was much improved on Thursday when we continued to head further north from Eureka. Our first stop was at the Arcata Marshes, an interesting area since it is a “natural waste water treatment plant.” While it is a peaceful and beautiful area that is surely very attractive to birders and bird photographers, we didn’t spend too much time there, and continued a little further up north on Highway 101.More

Fine art color photograph of the Monterey Cypress tree tunnel at the Historic KPH Pacific HF Radio Site, Point Reyes, CA. September 2013.

Road Trip Day 5 – Point Reyes

On day 5 of our road trip I saw no improvement to my sore throat and general condition unfortunately – we proceeded as planned to Point Reyes on Highway 1 via the Golden Gate Bridge (stopped to make photos, but the conditions were really meh). I had underestimated how long and winding the road and drive to Point Reyes is via Highway 1 and we reached Point Reyes Station around noon, just in time for lunch.More

Road Trip Day 3 – Point Lobos, Monterey & Big Sur again

The third day of our trip began with a visit to Point Lobos, an area that I had visited before in May when traveling with Douglas. We began our little hike in the northern part, to Whaler’s Cove and the old Whaler’s Cabin, then continued into the beautiful Allan Memorial Grove with it’s gnarly cypress trees. There was a lot of old kelp and seaweed in the waters of the coves so it wasn’t really a pretty sight and most of all, long exposures didn’t work too well with these swimming beds of crap (it just becomes a blurry dark mass in the water in a long exposure).More