San Francisco's Original Giants

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Two giant redwoods guard the path towards the beach. John Muir Woods National Monument is a deep lush canyon of Redwoods found just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was though sheer luck and some hard work that the small grove of Giant Redwoods was saved from early settlers saws. It's now a well protected and popular tourist attraction for people coming from around the world and as a result somewhat difficult to photograph in all its stunning beauty. This makes the best times to film the park during or right after the first rain storms start blowing in.


Some of the trees are near 2000 years old or more and hopefully future photographers will document the small saplings slowly turning in to the giants of the grove. There is a small creek just off the path which is filled with spawning salmon each fall when the creek breaches the sands of Muir Beach just a few short miles away. You will often also see small deer grazing on the new tender growth of the redwood burls. You will be amazed that it's just a few miles from the hustling and bustling of one of California's oldest and major cities.




© Darvin Atkeson

LiquidMoonlight Studios

  • Karen 4y

    Beautiful shot!
  • SkyWalker108 4y

    Nice shot, very green :))
  • ~Amygdala~ 4y

    serene and beautiful
  • Photocre8 4y

    I remember visiting these beautiful trees many years ago, before I did photography. I like the colors and textures in your photo, Darvin, and look forward to seeing what's around the path at some future time.
  • jbartimus 4y

    Marvelous shot!
  • Miguel De La Cruz ~ 4y

    Im surprised you got a shot without someone walking into it! lol Very nice.
  • J. 4y

    Road lines give great depth of field. Very good frame,
    is a great photograph.
  • Jeff Burcher 4y

    What an experience it must be to walk through this magnificent forest. Very Nice!
  • manuel candal 4y

    Precioso sitio !
  • Raymond Larose -> 4y

    Love the greens and browns in this one.
  • Bob LaGrange 4y

    Great shot
  • Virginia Rivers 4y

    Grat shot of a great spot! Haven't been there for years, and you reminded me of that. I agree that it is tough to get this shot without people in it. NO small feat.
  • mikeSF_ 4y

    i also love the color and contrast here. it looks wet, is it??
  • Martin Kühn 4y

  • TrojanShooter 4y

    Love place and a very nice picture.. This makes me wanting to go there.. Thanks for sharing the location
  • rob.Forte 4y

    fantastic, i see your stream on 500px, and i love it
  • Pete Huu 4y

    amazing trees, fantastic path
  • LadyoftheDawn 4y

    Lovely colors and mood, fantastic composition, excellent procession!
  • tanngrisnir3 4y

    Wonderful and perfectly exposed, and it's no mean feat getting that right under coastal redwoods, with the weather conditions and canopy causing all sorts of headaches.

    Well done.
  • TPorter2006 4y

    Love this, brings back the beauty of Muir Woods to me!
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Taken on May 3, 2009
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