Snow in Redwoods 2

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More low elevation snow fell on the northcoast this past week. There were even a few snowflakes dancing above the streets in Eureka, a sea level port that hasn’t seen any snow accumulation since 1997. The flakes immediately melted upon touching the ground, but higher up, in the surrounding hills, the snow accumulated and stuck about a bit longer. Again, searching for the holy grail of snow in redwoods (as I explained in a previous “Snow in Redwoods” post), I set out with camera in hand. Fortunately, this time around, Bald Hills Road, which takes one to Lady Bird Johnson Grove, the redwood par excellence, was open. I zipped up to the grove and found snow in the redwoods. The bridge to the grove was covered with several inches:

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But things were not quite so promising within the grove itself. Much of the snow was caught in the branches of the redwoods, many of which rose 250 feet or more from the forest floor. Only in open spaces was it a bit thicker:

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The snow lay heavy on some of the brush surrounding the redwoods, pulling the branches into the trail through the grove. One also found some snow here in there in the clearings in the forest, where the sky opened up and the snow had a clear path to the bottom:

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For the previous travelogue series post, go here.

But when one seeks to photograph snow in the redwoods, one wants photos of redwoods and snow, not just snow covering the forest foilage in a redwood grove. Unfortunately, in the places with the most massive redwood trees, there was a dearth of snow. This was about the best I could get in terms of snow and redwoods:

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