Enroute to Pinnacles National Park

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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





You can tell I stopped a lot on this road.


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.



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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