Forest, Gazos Creek

Redwoods and Big Leaf Maples, Gazos Creek. Northern California. July 12, 2011. © Copyright 2011 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Redwood and big leaf maple forest along Gazos Creek, California.


I recall that on this day I had gone out to photograph along the Pacific coastline between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California, mostly without any specific plan. First I had gone to one of my favorite Highway 1 bluffs to photograph the birds that pass within a few feet of it as they coast along the coastal updrafts. Then I moved north along the coast and discovered a group of kite surfers at one of the beaches, so I stopped and photographed them for a while.


Continuing north I came to a turn off to one of the many small roads that head up into the mountains that lie between the shoreline and the urban areas around San Francisco Bay. I took it and found myself driving along this narrow and twisty road that followed the bottom of a valley holding a small creek. The bottom of the steep and narrow canyon was deeply shaded by thick forest, including some stands of second-growth redwoods. This photograph was made in a nameless section of the valley where there was a spot to pull over and photograph the soft light filtering down through the moss-covered trees.


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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  • Gary Weathers 3y

    Nice light and lines :)
  • Floyd Stewart 3y

  • Sherwood Harrington 3y

    Gazos Creek Road eventually becomes a dirt track that winds up to the ridge summit -- my old Jeep handles it well, but you wouldn't want to try it in a sedan. Beyond there, it becomes a park road/trail that winds down to the central part of Big Basin park (but of course is closed off to public motor vehicles). All together, it's a very, very nice long ribbon of a variety of kinds of beauty.
  • Chad Brown 3y


    the comp is nuanced

    the subject is whimsical and/or daunting

    the processing is perfect
  • Kurt Lawson 3y

    Beautiful shot Dan. I lots of interesting line action going on here.
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Taken on July 12, 2011
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