Up in the trees


M and I were out in the San Jose/San Fransisco area last weekend visiting a friend. While I typically stick to populated areas of consumerism on my travels, this time I wanted to get out into a nature area or two to see if I could find inspiration for future paintings (which, again, is the subject of a future post).

We took a trip out to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Friday before heading to Santa Cruz. While the size of the redwoods was extremely impressive, it was the undergrowth that drew my attention. Apparently redwoods are protected, so you can’t remove them when they fall. You can cut out portions where humans would walk, but otherwise, they just lay there. This leads to gnarly exposed root structures and genuinely exciting compositions on the forest floor. The sunlight shining through the breaks in standing redwoods and the intense pine smell add to the environment, making it an almost magical experience at times.

If you couldn’t tell, I was extremely impressed with the park. We barely scratched the surface of what Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has to offer, but even in the short hike we made, I now have enough inspiration for a number of future paintings.