The Heart of Muir Woods

February 22, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, is on the "far" end of the Golden Gate Bridge, but not really very far from anywhere in the Bay Area.  It is a lovely grove of tall trees, mostly redwoods.  muir_woods-8160

I have visited a number of times.  I have found it one of the most difficult places to capture in photographs of any place I have visited.  Yosemite seems to throw itself at your camera and make great pictures.  Uvas Canyon down near Morgan Hill is a bit more work, but the waterfalls are clearly the "heart" of the park. 

It is not hard to take photos in Muir Woods, however, I have had trouble taking photos that I thought captured whatever it is that people come by the droves to see. 

So, what is the heart of Muir Woods?  I suppose the answer is the grand trees.  And why is it hard to capture?  Because the trees are easy to miss.  Not the bases of the trees, they are all around you in these massive 10 or more foot diameter cylinders.  It is the tree going up and up and up, until your head is back all the way and you are looking straight up.  Indeed, modern man is not used to "looking up" at things he has not built himself.  Which is a terrible shame.

And yet, not all is the redwoods.  There is the beautiful stream and flowers and the "lesser" trees that fill the holes between the grand redwoods.  Fungus muir_woods-8110 growing in fantastical shapes on the dead and decaying remnants of the previous generation. 

I think the redwoods in the stream captures much of this.  It brings a ... copy of the grand trees down where people look.  Perhaps not as grand as looking up, but a lot easier on aging necks.  :)


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