Fairy Ring

Fairy Ring

A beautiful example of a fairy ring in Navarro River Redwoods SP. This fantastical term refers to a circle of redwoods growing around the stump of a dead or logged tree. The new trees, which are often clones of the dead parent, latch on to the old stump and root system to take advantage of the nutrients. I'm no botanist, but I'd wager to guess that if left to grow, each of these new trees will fall down one by one as they compete for space and sunlight. As each tree dies and rots, it provides even more nutrients for the rest of the trees to grow. Eventually, maybe a thousand years from now, there will be one survivor left from the original fairy ring, a true giant nurtured to great heights by its fallen brothers and sisters.

Navarro River Redwoods State Park, Mendocino County, CA

Where Magic Grows on Trees

Where Magic Grows on Trees

A tree in Maine explodes with the colors of fall. Available for licensing.

Moosehead Lake, ME

Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail cactus blooms in the Alabama Hills. Available for licensing.

Alabama Hills, CA

Rainy Woods

Rainy Woods

Rain drips from a twig on a wet, spring day in Mendocino County. Shot for Visit Mendocino.

Russian Gulch State Park, CA

Blooming

Blooming

I believe these are milkmaids. I found them blooming at the base of a redwood. I like how nearly every stage of flower is represented on this plant -- from bud to blossom.

Jackson State Forest, Mendocino County, CA

Orange Palm

Orange Palm

A lone palm tree stands proudly in the wind as a brewing storm turns the sky orange at sunset. Available for licensing.

Venice, CA

Dying Leaf

Dying Leaf

Something as simple as a dying leaf can suddenly seem as rare and exquisite as a gemstone. Available for licensing.

Moosehead Lake, ME

Spring, Sprang, Sprung

Spring, Sprang, Sprung

Wildflowers bloom in Mendocino County. Shot for Visit Mendocino.

Van Damme State Park, CA

Van Damme Redwoods

Van Damme Redwoods

A grove of redwoods in Mendocino County. Shot for Visit Mendocino.

Van Damme State Park, CA

California Poppy

California Poppy

California's state flower blooms along the Lost Coast Trail. Shot for Visit Mendocino.

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, CA

Tahoe Lupine

Tahoe Lupine

Tahoe Lupine. It was everywhere. Available for licensing.

Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe, CA