August 14, 2008

Lagunitas Creek


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photo by Donald Kinney

Yes folks, this is the Lagunitas Creek, which translates as "little lagoons" in Spanish.

This particular area is within the boundarys of Samuel P. Taylor State Park, or as they simply call it these days -- Camp Taylor.   It's a popular place to get-away-from-it-all, and the campground is booked solid this time of year.

Where I like to visit is about a mile downstream at the confluence of Devil's Creek, and over the past six years or so I have photographed it's mysterious and colorful ripples and reflections many times.

To find this miniature waterfall shot I continued down the creek about a quarter mile and crossed over to the west side where Samuel P. Taylor built and operated a water-powered papermill in the late 1800's.   Mr. Taylor had a plentiful supply of fir trees to use in his papermaking operation, but since redwood trees make poor quality paper he left those for someone else to come along and cut down for lumber.   Most all the redwoods in the area today are one-hundred year old second-growth trees.   Redwoods regenerate quickly, usually sprouting from the roots of the cut or fallen "mother tree".

Hope you enjoy the photo -- I had a lot of fun carefully making my way along the narrow banks and hopping from stone-to-stone and log-to-log in the middle of the creek, trying my best not to fall in or brush up against any of the stinging nettles.


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photo by Donald Kinney


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8 comments:

Louise said...

Terrifc shots. The leaves in the little waterfall add so much color and dimension to the picture.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Nice pictures. It's relaxing watching. Good composition.

photowannabe said...

A beautiful and restful shot Don. I have camped and had many picnics at the Park. Thanks for showing me a cool, inviting picture on a day that's already 92 degrees at 10:30 AM. Its suppose to get to 105 today. It did yesterday. Thank goodness for AC.

Hildegarde said...

That must be a beautiful place to stay and to explore.

Louis la Vache said...

Donald - that photo on your masthead is stunning! The Lagunitas Creek images are also very fine!

Re the Hornet - as huge as that flight deck is, it is small when compared to those on modern Nimitz-class carriers!

Fish Whisperer said...

The first shot of the water and sky is very dramatic. Tha Lagunitas creek shots are superb.
Have a great weekend.
Cheers

Tomate Farcie said...

Well, be careful not to fall in there!! Come to think of it, I never realized you actually do all that to get a shot. I always thought you'd stay safely on the side and just zoomed in a little closer! Beautiful photographs.

system operator said...

The first pic is very nice. The leaves are like small gold fishes jumping on the creek.

 
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