Enroute to Pinnacles National Park

October 30, 2015 at 7:55 am (California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

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Light is everything in landscape photography, and I made the drive along California’s Route 25 at just the right time. The low angle created dramatic shadows and a warm tone that makes the “golden hour” the best hour of the day.

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I was enroute to Pinnacles National Park’s east entrance, and I was surprised that instead of being surrounded by BLM or Forest Service land, it was mostly privately owned.

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No matter.  It was all gorgeous.  I’m a huge fan of California’s oak trees, sitting solo or in clusters in a grassy pasture or perched on a tawny hillside.

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I would love to see this landscape in winter and early spring when it is a blanket of emerald and kelly green, and splashed with vivid orange California poppies and grape lupines.

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Even sans oaks, the landscape’s sensuous folds and swales invite pause to enjoy the tapestry.

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You can tell I stopped a lot on this road.

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Leaving the next day in mid-afternoon, I found all of the mood gone.  The light was flat and harsh, and had no appeal to an artist or photographer.  Light.  It’s everything.

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Outside-east-entrance-Pinnacles-NP-CA-(8)-copyOne magnificent oak!

The pinnacles in Pinnacles National Park

The pinnacles in Pinnacles National Park

And finally a view from inside the park itself.  There were likely California condors in the crevices waiting for the thermals, but I never saw any fly.  A brief visit to the west entrance earlier this year did provide a condor treat, as well as green fields and wildflowers.  A very lovely little park – and so is the drive to either entrance.

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