Rhododendrons and Redwoods 2: Del Norte Redwoods

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The most popular place on the northcoast of California for photographing rhododendrons in the redwoods is the Del Norte Redwoods, right off the Highway 101 south of Crescent City:

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In May, photographers searching for rhododendrons in the redwoods will often converge on Damnation Creek Trail, which is perhaps the best access point to enter and explore the Del Norte redwoods. Although the redwood coast of California doesn’t quite have the attraction for photographers as Yosemite, Big Sur, or the Golden Gate Bridge, if you’re ever going to find more than one or two camera tripods collected in any one place, it will likely be Damnation Creek Trail in May. I ran across five tripod carrying photographers on a Sunday morning earlier in May; and I’ve run across even more such light plunderers in previous years.

This year there was rather skimpy findings in Del Norte redwoods when it came to rhododendrons. They were there and they were blooming, but, per usual, there weren’t many blossoms and such blossoms that existed always managed to be in the wrong place, in terms of ideal photographic composition. Here are a few images of what little I could get:

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