Photo du Jour: The Emerald “Umbrellas” of a California Redwood Forest

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”

Martin Luther

A magnificent Redwood tree on California’s Ah-Pah Interpretative Trail scrapes the sky with its paintbrush-like branches.

The Ah Pah Trail is a former logging road that has been reclaimed by the natural forest. It is part of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

Published by Tricia A. Mitchell

Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene. A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia. Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.

27 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: The Emerald “Umbrellas” of a California Redwood Forest

      1. Big Sur — anywhere on the northern coast of California, or Pacific Northwest, for that matter. But the trails along the Monterey/Santa Cruz coastline is breathtaking…you get the best of both worlds with the Pacific Ocean and the Redwood forests. Infact, we just got back from a mini Big Sur Vacation…….SO hard to leave!

      2. All those spots sound gorgeous, Desiree! We just got back from the Pacific Northwest (Redwood National Park, Portland, Seattle, Oregon Coast), and I’ve always been curious about Monterey and Big Sur too. What a special combination to have not only the ocean, but also the forests. I’ll have to visit your blog to see if you’ve posted on your mini vacation. :)

  1. Wow, there’s much to like here, Tricia. ML’s quote is fabulous, the forest reclaiming the logging trail is fabulous, and your photo is… fabulous. One day I’d love to experience one of those trees up close.

    1. Thank you for your fabulous and kind feedback, Sid! I cannot take much credit other than sharing nature’s beauty and ML’s eloquent words. I hope you’ll soon have the opportunity to stand under the magnificent Redwoods too! Our two mini hikes were certainly magical and I had a hard time containing my ‘wows.’

    1. Greetings, Virginia & thank you! I regret that we won’t be making it to Victoria and Vancouver after all. So much to see (family and friends on this side of the border) and we think those spots deserve a trip of their own. Hope you’re well and that the kitchen renovation has been successful!

      1. It would have been nothing short of wonderful to meet you and your husband Tricia. In this world we just never know where one ends up. Perhaps we’ll be in your neck of the woods.
        The kitchen make-over is even more successful than we imagined. We are delighted. Virginia

      1. I always respect author’s copyright!
        And I would like to thank you again for this amazing photo. I guess you have noticed the positive reaction of my readers. Thank you very much!


    1. Belated thanks to you, Marisa and thank you so much for stopping by. I’ve gotten a bit behind in the blogosphere lately, but look forward to trying your soup recipes once things slow down for us. Until next time!

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