• Black bear poking around this tree line an hour or so earlier. Sequoia was amazing for bears; we saw four in two days without trying.
  • See in comments for before/after of this area using Lightroom's one click lens correction to remove lateral fringing.
  • Some cloning here to remove unwanted scrub.
  • My favourite part of the image!
  • Maybe should have cloned out the frame edge white here - perhaps a bit distracting.
  • Central Valley air pollution - allegedly pretty good whilst we were there.

Beetle Rock Sunset #1, Sequoia National Park

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One of a series of shots I'll be posting from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park, California. It's not the most striking of the set, but I like the orange light on the fallen log, and it's the colour gradient's blue corner appeals to me. Hope to hear what others think as the set goes up; I'll link them all.

This one is an advert for staying out a little longer. We'd been on Beetle Rock an hour before and the sky looked uninspiring, plus there was a bear poking around the edges of the rock. After going back to the lodge and bathing JSH it would have been easier to call it a day, but I headed out and drove back just in case, and the sky delivered after all. Plus no sign of the bear.

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  1. Titole 73 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot !

  2. *Bärlin** 73 months ago | reply

    Amazing work and scene:)

  3. B*i*B 73 months ago | reply

    Superb tones!! beautiful scenery!

  4. JoGo... 73 months ago | reply

    This is just a wow moment, bet it was amazing to be there.

  5. evisdotter 72 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot !

  6. Maga Dias 72 months ago | reply


  7. vulture labs 72 months ago | reply

    looking forward to seeing more of this series!!!

  8. LifeLover4 72 months ago | reply

    Stunning beauty!

  9. Palnick 72 months ago | reply

    Beautiful scene, really love the light that follow on the trunk on the ground!

  10. Jaayelle ✿ 72 months ago | reply

    beautiful view

  11. chrischarlescook 71 months ago | reply

    Saw this on Yahoo; Your Pictures. Fantastic shot. My favourite of the bunch.. well except mine ;). I cant wait to see this part of the world!

  12. Qba from Poland / qmphotostudio 71 months ago | reply

    Wonderful photo, superb color tones and very nice composition.

  13. Kia & Zeno 68 months ago | reply

    Jaw-dropping beautiful! :)

  14. flatworldsedge 60 months ago | reply

    Also from this series:

    Beetle Rock Sunset #3 (Circle Flare), Sequoia National Park

  15. milesrobinson 59 months ago | reply

    Matthew, I used and credited your photo here: California Concatenation, a blog entry on Medium. Thanks for the great pic.

  16. Robert Stone Nature Photography 44 months ago | reply

    Just noticed that your image is The Nature Conservancy's Daily Nature Photo for Jan. 9, 2015. Congrats!

  17. fierce wrist [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture.....

  18. iolite1 25 months ago | reply

    Lovely landscape.

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