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Wide Angle Photo & Giant Maple Burl

Here is a wide angle photo of a bigleaf maple tree in NE Portland. The maple burl is about 9 feet wide at ground level even though the maple is barely 25 feet tall.

More wide angle photos are now available on my new page:

M. D. Vaden Wide Angle and Fisheye Photos

Have a great day !!

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Tall Trees Grove & New Section of Trail

During the past year, a new section of trail has been under construction on the way down to Tall Trees Grove in Redwood National Park.

Tall Trees Grove Trail

Tunnel through log

Far too few people visit this grove. The permit limit is about 52 per day. And its probably rare when they ever issue that many per day. In late autumn and winter, just a handful of people hike down there.

Some of the biggest coast redwoods are near the bottom near Redwood Creek in the flat. But one nice feature about this hike are the mixed species of trees including Douglas fir, Tanoak, Chinquapin and more.

There is a refreshing grove of enormous Bigleaf Maples at the downstream end of the grove, with wide-reaching horizontal limbs.

More: Berry Glen Trail in Redwood National Park

The photo shows a tunnel cut from a log in the new section of trail.

Grove of Titans ~ Del Norte Titan in the Rain

One more photo of Del Norte Titan.

Been a couple of years, but finally got another shot of Del Norte Titan in the Grove of Titans on a rainy day. I think this redwood looks best in a photo when there is mist and rain drops.

This is one of the photos available for 11 x 14 prints. See:

M. D. Vaden Redwood Page

Not Forest ~ Back Yard Makeover

Just finished a big transition in our back yard a couple of weeks ago. We still have a few small trees to plant, and the vegetable garden in the corner to work on. But it’s 80% complete now.

Self-installed by: M. D. Vaden Landscape, Design and Tree

We replaced lawn with decorative rock and a paver patio, plus hemlock bark. The building is a detatched guest room we put up last autumn. Its on blocks to spare the Douglas fir tree roots. The tree is behind it, about 7′ behind.

Edit > August 2010, we decided on some lawn afterall. Worked out nicely, allowing the backfill soil at the wall to settle with late spring rains.