Fog and Redwoods

October 20, 2011

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Photographer: Hugh S. Stickney
Summary Author: Hugh S. Stickney; Jim Foster

The photo above showing sunny hillsides and valleys choked with fog was snapped in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, California. This view looks down into the redwoods and bay laurels (Umbellularia californica) in the direction of the town of Canyon. Redwood Park is in the distance. Typically, the biggest and oldest redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens) are found in deep valleys and ravines. Here, in addition to the cyclonic storms of fall and winter, fog drip and condensation is a regular occurrence. Trees above the fog layer, approximately 2,300 ft (700 m), are deprived of this source of moisture and are somewhat stunted in comparison. Photo taken on January 17, 2011

Photo details: Canon T21 camera; EF85mm lens; f/1.8 USM; 1/4000 sec.; FL 85 mm; ISO 100.