California: Mt. Tamalpais SP - California Naturescapes
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"California's Gold" Location: Mt Tamalpais, Mill Valley, California. Golden grass on undulating hills is a characteristic California landscape. Up here it is dry but at lower elevation fog is abundant and brings in enough moisture so giant redwoods can grow. There has been extensive logging in this area which took away acres of redwood forests but many still survive such as Muir woods seen in this image. Tech Info and Tip: Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4L @26mm Camera: Canon 5D Mk II Exposure: 0.2sec at f11 and ISO 50 Filters: SinghRay 2 stop hard edge ND grad Hiking on these trails can take you all the way from top of Mt. Tamalpais to the ocean floor at Stinson Beach. I highly recommend this hike for spectacular views and good exercise coming back up. Remember going down is optional but coming back is compulsory.

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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