Quick trip to Mendocino for the weekend. I haven't taken pictures in FOREVER so it felt good to pull out the old camera and try to get some shots. Didn't get too creative. Just some windswept vistas with the 50 mm.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Recently restored and super cute.
A pretty walk from the car to the lighthouse. Walk back includes more windswept vistas. Here, looking inland, I put together 5 shots in PhotoStitch (which came on the CD with my 6D). I lost my PhotoShop license and found PhotoStitch was pretty easy! Export as JPG, and put 'em together. Seems like the resulting image isn't super clear, but if you re-import to Lightroom the file it creates actually pretty big. Click to enlarge:
We also checked out Mendocino Headlands State Park. Two ~20 minute jaunts from the car, with some views of seals in the water and a pretty boardwalk out around to see the ocean. Back to using Waterlogue again!
And the highlight of the whole trip was Montgomery Woods State Reserve. About a 30 min drive inland from Ukiah. A beautiful windy drive. The walk itself had an uphill incline for about 10 minutes then flattened out and you are in the middle of the loveliest forest ever. A couple mile loop we completed in 1-1.5 hours stopping often to just look up and stare. Huge redwoods - this is an area that has remained unlogged. I sort of surrendered to trying to capture it on film, Redwoods at least 10 feet across, I don't even know how to approach that. Just have a look at the images here. This spot and Point Lobos might be my two favorite California hikes.