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    6 Days Ago
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    As you mentioned, that particular red ... sort of faded, facing shade seems difficult to get the color from. The greens on the sprouts are like the opposite to contend with.
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    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    It was rather dark to get a good photo under this tree, but it's still rather interesting. The bright green sprouts up on the trunk were very bright and cheery. Reminds me of an asparagus patch.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    In much of the United States, grooms never look backward while waiting for the first look part of the ceremony when the bride approaches ... until they are given the green light to turn and face her, which is typically when the bride is closer than the space shown in the photo. Odds are most marriage planners would guess what stage of the ceremony that was, from seeing it happen weekly or monthly.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    The groom awaits as his bride approaches ...
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    3 Weeks Ago
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    This was a fun patch to explore last week.
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    08-08-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    The "early morning" you mentioned sure helps on Howland Hill Rd. this time of year. Mid-day and sunny the dust really pops in the light. But early morning, the soft fog still does the trick.
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    08-02-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Creepy Photos in Odds and Ends
    Like an internal struggle ...
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    07-30-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    I try to photograph when the sun isn't it's brightest yet, and tend to underexpose. Then brighten the entire image in lightroom and slide the highlights slider to decrease the highlights. So the Canon 5DS doesn't have dynamic range that's great, but I just underexpose by about 1 or 2 stops quite often. So far, I don't really like HDR. My 5DS can do it in camera. But I don't like it for forest. For cities and buildings sometimes. But I'd rather shoot one frame and work with it. My friend just got the Sony A7iii which is supposed to have great dynamic range. But I doubt I'd switch. It seems like great dynamic range isn't better than waiting for the best light in the forest. PS ... There's path beyond the bridge along walker rd. on the right side between the old burly trees. Not Simpson Reed .. but the other side of the bridge.
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    07-29-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    I'm certain he's been through this spot before. Same Jedediah Smith park, but different area than posted previous. Only a couple minutes from the road.
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    07-21-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    Thank you. Summer hasn't been a favorite time to take redwood photos for a few years, but I'm beginning to figure out some alterntative ideas for that season. Here's one from Jedediah. 200mm takes the eyes on a trip to inner space.
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    07-15-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    From the other day. Not easy to photograph on sunny days, but an early start helps.
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    07-07-2018
    Our smallest dog Zozo, passed away today. About 6 weeks ago, she could barely walk and had high fever. Tests suggested liver infection or failure. It took weeks to deteriorate to that point, but medication recovered her to where she was sprite and peppy. But last night, she looked great at 10pm when my wife went to bed first. When I went to to bed around 1am, I noticed Zozo was almost limp. In only 3 hours she got that weak. Today her temperature soared. And we realized trying more medication would simply put her on a roller coaster of feeling okay then feeling like crap ongoing. Seeing her only quality of life gone ... which was mainly comfort ... our vet agreed to take her after closing to put her to sleep. I feel sad, but not bad. She was the best dog of all we've ever had. But we have a new Rat Terrier that's a pretty good addition to the family. We were going to rule-out small breeds in the future, but decided to be open to it 10 or 15 years into the future when we're older. Zozo ashes will be placed near this coast redwood. The other photo is our son in law, holding Zoey within the past few weeks when they visited. Hands-down she was the best pet I've ever had. I don't plan to fill her shoes, and am thankful for the blessing of having her to take care of over those years.
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    07-03-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    A tree we encountered early June. A good example of near-zero taper in the coast redwoods. I call this one the "Nitro Express" after the .700 round made by Holland and Holland.
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    06-30-2018
    Several of the champion size Port Orford cedars have dead tops. It's not disease related. It gives character, just like how Elk antlers. Dead bone tissue that develops, and falls repeatedly.
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    06-28-2018
    It's lasted this long without your pruning. And it will probably outlive your family's next generation or two, if not more.
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    06-27-2018
    We found a Port Orford cedar yesterday that's not a champion, but may be the 2nd tallest. I found articles noting one 248 feet and an old 1968 nomination at American Forests much fatter and 242 feet. But conifers.org is usually up to speed, and lists 238 feet as 2nd tallest known. The tallest is the 266 footer we found in Jedediah Smith park, 2009 Had I realized the tree we saw yesterday may be 2nd tallest, I would have taken more photos and measured an extra 20 minutes to pin-point the numbers. But our few laser increments and guesstimate to the lower reach are 240 ft. It's 7' to 8' diameter dbh. The lower trunk does not lean and and 80% or so of the trunk leans noticeably. The last several decades worth of stem growth straightened a "course correction". We didn't pick a name, but I was going to see what Chris thought of "Silver Medal" for a nickname. The natural range of this species is smaller than I remembered. Almost makes coast redwood's range seem huge by comparison.
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    06-18-2018
    Your post reflects a type of comment I often interject on Instagram. Every so many photos, some people like to add some form of wise saying, Muir quote, or their own "brilliant" insight. One being along the lines of "look what man has done" or "amazing these trees even remain after man swung the axe and saw" ... etc., etc. I tend to chime in with ''hmmm ... then you must really dislike how mother nature laid waste to 100 times more trees than men or women ever cut and logged" ... something alongg those lines.
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    06-17-2018
    Stig ... I think this redwood used to be an old champion prior to each of the two shown above.
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    06-17-2018
    Here's a variation of the one you have. The Curly Redwood Lodge motel has the same vertical print you have, in their lobby. This is one they chose to frame in one of the rooms.
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    06-17-2018
    Time to fix the rails on this thread !! I know the photo you mean, but first here's an experiment with her sister. It didn't turn out the way I expected, and I haven't shared this version before. For prints and canvas, I opted for two full outfits.
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    06-13-2018
    Stig ... here's both in one photo. World's tallest known hemlock "Tsunami" with a relatively fine looking girl, who also happens to be a scruffy climber. She'd probably look fine in a dress or jeans & jacket. Tsunami was found the day after the 2011 Japan Earthquake launched the tsunami at the redwood coast. It's about 274 feet tall now, in Prairie Creek. Not as tall at those redwoods, but taller than every redwood in Muir Woods National Monument.
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    05-31-2018
    Here's one that we do not plan to nominate to American Forests to avoid inadvertent leaks from paperwork, whispering, mistakes in articles, etc.. This is a coast redwood. For comparison, Gen. Sherman giant sequoia, the other species, is 1321 points. The largest on on American Forests registry for coast redwood is a tree in Jedediah Smith redwood park, with 1290 points. I don't think the latter has been fully remeasured within the 10 year time period AF used to require. But for the coast redwood shown below, here are numbers for it: Points = 1359 (Girth 1032 - Height 309.2 - 1/4 Crown 18 .. DBH Diameter 27.38 ft. - Est. age 2700 to 3600 years A slightly smaller diameter appeared elsewhere for a while, because one of the redwood explorer group cut an imaginary line through part of the trunk. The reason for that was unknown. So the numbers shown above are basically "cut and dried" matter of fact. There is more than one coast redwood, recently found, with over 1350 points. In the photo below, the human subject for scale is standing forward of the trunk's mid-point, so the visual is an accurate representation. This was discovered 2014 in Redwood National and State Parks.
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    05-27-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread The Mendocino Coast in Odds and Ends
    I see what looks like Pampas and Croscosmia which are invasives, but I tend to like the Crocosmia anyway. In one photo recent, there were yellow flowers. Is that the wild mustard or something else? It adds a nice spot of color.
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    05-06-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    Jurassic Park is open for business ...
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    05-05-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Flat screen TVs. in Odds and Ends
    I met a guy who engraved for the production of USA currency, which is very closeup work. I think he would dispel that as a myth. Our son just set up 3 monitors side by side on a wide 8 foot desk for graphic design and web application work. Our other son whom he works with, has about 6 monitors stacked two wide and three tall.
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    05-05-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Flat screen TVs. in Odds and Ends
    Do you have a Costco? Price may be comparable outside Costco, but the return policy and concierge service is excellent and included. I generally go that option first. My wife likes a bigger screen. I'm fine with 30 in., but 40 in. is nice.
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    05-04-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread The Mendocino Coast in Odds and Ends
    These coastal shots take me back to our short 8 month experiment living in Savannah, GA, about 18 years ago. There were pretty shells, but the coastline there was nothing like what I was accustomed to along the west coast.
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    05-03-2018
    mdvaden replied to a thread Coast Redwoods 2018 in Odds and Ends
    There are a few cute cabin-like houses back in those trees, along with regular size homes. This is the right or south fork about 1/4 mile around the bend from the view in those other photos. One of the prints hanging in the Curly Redwood Lodge motel. There's a very small house to the right side. It may be cropped out, but this is it's view. You can see a hint of the driveway or road back in the trees. But when I stood for this shot, I could see the small house. It would be a lovely place to reside. And fish, for fisherman.
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