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California Redwoods

By Will Austin

Will Austin’s award-winning photography has taken him around the world. Although he regularly does editorial work, Will specializes in documenting cutting-edge architecture and industrial workplaces. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and son, but hails from Colorado cowboy country.

October 27, 2010

Over the Summer we were able to get a great campsite at the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and we explored this amazing part of Northern California.  Words really can’t describe the majesty of these giant Coastal Redwoods, the tallest trees in the world.  I found myself feeling thankful that Save the Redwoods League had the foresight to protect a part of what was left of these ancient forests back in 1918.  Of the original 2 million acres only about 4% remain, most in the State and National Park systems.

Sometimes I have an idea or a “vision” of a photograph in my mind.  It may come in a dream or maybe it is an amalgamation of other things I have seen.  I might store the image in my mind for years, just waiting for the opportunity to make it happen.  This was one of those times.  I had an idea of what I wanted to shoot in this forest so I got up before light one morning and set out on the breathtakingly beautiful Damnation Creek Trail in the Summer fog in hopes of finding it.  This morning I was all alone in my own Shangri-La; in this warm, misty, silent slice of heaven.  And I got the shot, many shots in fact.  Some looked like the one in my mind but there were plenty more to be had as well.

Damnation Creek-

California redwoods in fog

California Redwoods

California Redwoods

Twilight on Highway 101-

California Redwoods highway 101


Elk in California Redwoods Park

A Utah family surrounds this giant in the Stout Grove

People around a California Redwood Tree

The amazing Fern Canyon-

Fern Canyon in California Redwoods PArk

Taking in the forest at the campsite-

Boy sitting on Redwood stump, Del Norte Redwoods State Park

IR shot while driving through the fog on the highway-

Redwood trees and highway 101

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  1. yiannis krikis

    ecxellent landscape work – I like the lightings and the pov

  2. admin

    Thanks for the nice comments! More California photos on the way.

  3. Shelby

    Great shots Will!

    First one is by far my favorite.

  4. Vanessa

    That is MY family at the redwoods! Unfortunately I was unable to accompany them, but I hear it is a beautiful place! Definately on my bucketlist!

  5. Will

    Hey Vanessa, what a great family you have, they were really nice! Sorry you couldn’t make it this time.

  6. Daniel

    Hey, Thanks for posting this photo of my family on your blog, and beautiful pics of the redwoods. I agree with my sister Vanessa!

  7. Jacquelyn

    wow these pictures are amazing! 🙂 i love our family photo 🙂