I had been out of work for 2 months but had found a position in Berkeley. I had 2 weeks before my job started I thought I would take advantage of it and spend some time hanging out in Humboldt county. Most of the time was spent in and around Humboldt Redwood State Park but I did spend some time on the East side of 101. One of the drives was along Alderpoint Road which winds through Seward Ranch. I found this tree along the road. Since it was late in the day, around 1600 I had a bit of trouble getting this shot lined up. The problem was the section I wanted would have had me shooting in the direction of the sun which would have put the tree into shadow. Walking around the tree I found the best balance of light and detail. Only a little work with Aperture, mostly the contrast and the exposure and it seems to have come out ok.
I'm just your average aging Jewish Deadhead from New York City. My wife, an aging Jewish Deadhead from Chicago, and I settled in Berkeley, CA. about 22 years ago. I spend my days as a Software Engineer and my nights and weekends exploring Northern California with camera in hand. Whenever possible we flee to the forest, most times this means the Redwood Empire.