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Beyond Point Lobos

The mid week weather has been fantastic here in California. I spent a random weekday in the Carmel Valley hiking in the hills at Garland Ranch. I made the decision to drive down from Santa Cruz at six am and got on the road by seven. My efforts were not wasted as I pulled up to park at the entrance to the Saddle Trail and hiked up four miles and 1500 feet to the top of the trail. The sun was hot but the shade from the trees made is less painful. i stopped often and drank from my new camelback so I was fine. The backpack was full of water and camera gear that tipped the scales at twenty pounds. I was glad when I hit the top and walked downhill to this pond. I was amazed to see the entire surface covered in a bright red mat of organic material. The ducks were walking rather than paddling.

 

I have been here before when the reflective qualities of the water were more pleasing. The oak trees were nice and I set up the tripod to take the cleanest shot possible. I was glad I chose the steep climb first so that the rest of the trail was mostly downhill to the Creek below. I spent the next three hours hiking and stopping to take pictures. i only passed one couple on the way down. The rest of the hike was solitary and peaceful as I walked down through the purple flowers and saw many birds and insects.

 

Once I had reached the shade and comfort of the creek I stopped and shot from the edge and then from several temporary bridges that crossed the water five different times. I was thrilled with the water rapids shots that I took and the tripod was an absolute must.

 

Once I had finished the hike and made it back to the truck, I decided to eat lunch and then I parked on Highway One outside Point Lobos Park In Carmel, and rode my bike in a couple miles to the ocean and spent the last of the day shooting China Beach and soaking in more sun than I really needed. My legs were getting tired by now and I road back to the truck to drive home and take a long nap. Sometimes my ambitious nature extends beyond my aging body.

 

Mind Blowing beauty and truly amazing colors. I did my best to approximate the real colors but one can never be sure as perceptions and reality are different from person to person.

 

Camera :.................................Canon EOS 30D

Lens:........................................Tamron f/2.8 17-50 zoom with Polarizer

Exposure :...............................0.017 sec (1/60)

Aperture :.................................f/6.3

Focal Length :........................26 mm

ISO Speed :............................100

Exposure Bias :.....................0 EV

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Taken on May 4, 2011