Sunday, June 26, 2011


I hiked up to Berry Creek Falls yesterday which is in Big Basin Redwoods State Park (7.6 miles round trip). Its been over a year since I've hiked, but I managed do it in 3 hours and 45 minutes (including a couple of photographic stops).

It seems there has been a controlled burn in areas of the forest as I saw many burnt and blackened trees.

Fires in a forest are a part of the cycle of growth and controlled burns are usually done to avoid more devastating wild fires. I could see it working with lots of signs of new growth all over the place.

Unlike previous years, this time I left the DSLR at home taking only the small Fuji X100 with me. All the images in this post were made with this camera hand held. Its not a perfect camera, but I didn't have a 20lb pack on my back and the quality of the images are great, so I'm pleased with its performance.

One of my favorite spots along the hike is a relatively flat area about 2/3 of the way to the falls. The ground was carpeted with clovers.

I also saw my first Pacific Banana Slug, very colorful.

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