California: Mt. Tamalpais SP - California Naturescapes
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"Lichen Rock" Location: Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley, California. One of the most spectacular displays of nature in the San Francisco bay area is the fog rolling into the bay, and viewing it from the top of Mt. Tamalpais is like going to another world above the clouds. Also seen in the image are lichen covered rock and the golden grass that are so characteristic of the California landscape. Tech Info and Tip: Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4L @29mm Camera: Canon 5D Mk II Exposure: 2sec at f/11 and ISO 50 Filters: SinghRay 2 stop hard edge ND grad I learnt recently that lichens were one of the first species to evolve on the planet giving rise to more complex plants. This place gives a sense of perspective where these lichens can be seen together with the giant redwoods at the foothills.

San Francisco is a busy metropolitan area but just a few miles to the north exists a place so quiet and unique that it is such a perfect escape from the chaos of the city life. Mt. Tam, as it is locally know, is a perfect vantage point to watch the summer fog rolling into the bay or just enjoy the hike on its undulating hills and redwood forests.

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