I've been out and about, so I haven't been too busy on Flickr in the last week. I'll be sure to hit all your photostreams soon.
Just as the sun was making its way over the mountains to the east, I rambled along the Mad River in Humboldt County to witness some amazing steam/mist/evaporation rising from the very calm river. There weren't too many locations with a clear view upstream, so I spent the morning here and watched the sun's movements change the scene.
The leaning trees in the background and upper right are old growth Douglas Fir, and a lone Madrone tree (red-orange bark) stands just left of center. Alders and willows line most of the river, and the riparian vegetation is extremely strong this year (especially the poison oak) -so much that I really couldn't hike up river easily.
The light was pretty even this early, so I just used a polarizer to help cut through some of the moisture in the air, knowing that I'd still have enough to show the mist evaporating from the river. I have several versions of this image, and I also like some vertical versions with stronger sunlight in the background which I might post later.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 100-400L @120mm
4 second exposure @ F16
B+W polarizer filter
This is one single image @ ISO 50