Afternoon in a Redwood Forest
Occasionally as the run reaches lower angles its rays will extend to the forest floor and illuminate the ferns that grow hundreds of feet below the redwood canopy high above. By afternoon the normally cool forest has warmed. The fog from the Pacific just a short distance away has dissipated and turned in to a light haze in the forest and is illuminated by the sunshine. If you look up, you can see many cob webs of little spiders hanging in the trees. Their illuminated webs glistening in the sunshine. Occasionally a monarch or swallowtail butterfly floats though the canopy using the forest to retain heat during winter months. Brown salamanders can be found on the forest floor alongside giant banana slugs. By this time of year, mushrooms have sprung up beside the path and range from bright yellow to bright reds. Some are striped with various colors of reds, tans and deep browns. There is plenty to take pictures of here so it's a favorite place to hang out on a nice afternoon.