Merry Christmas

A little Christmas gift from another state:

 

In the far northern coastal areas of California, Fern Canyon is a place Karla and I love to visit whenever we get the chance.  This unusual canyon, located near Orick, California, is some 6 hours north of San Francisco, and doesn’t see a lot of visitors.  While you’re viewing, take a moment to read the text below the panorama to see why I use the term “unusual”.

As this year draws to a close, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who view and share these panoramas.  Perry Van Schelt and I are grateful to each of you for subscribing.  We hope you’ll  take a moment to view a short video offered in the spirit of the season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzjFEMmM0Xs

Merry Christmas,

Martin van Hemert

Arches National Park at Night

A view of rock towers against the night sky in Arches National Park:

 

 

Walking among these dark shapes looming against a starry backdrop is well worth the effort of visiting at what some might consider an odd time of day.  The 2 meteors in this panorama were a happy accident which I was unaware of while I kept my eye on the camera for each exposure to end.

A note to Windows XP users:

As computers, tablets and other devices have evolved over the years it has become increasingly difficult to make panoramas play well across all devices.  The software and settings we are using now are intended to provide the best possible experience on each device, but an unfortunate consequence is that the panoramas “hang up” on some Windows XP machines.  Please accept our apologies; compromises are never fun.  If you are an XP user you might want to consider an upgrade, not for our panoramas, but for the increased security that newer, supported operating systems provide.

 
Thanks so much!

Martin

Old Growth Redwoods

Rockefeller Forest in Humboldt County, California, is the largest remaining old growth redwood forest in the world:

 

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This is a forest left in its natural state as much as possible, so fallen giants are plentiful.  The redwoods in these forests are coastal redwoods, which grow taller than giant sequoias but not as wide, and are found along the coastal fog belt of California and into Oregon.  With an average lifespan of 500-700 years, these trees can live to 2000 years.

Thanks for viewing!

Martin van Hemert

Night Sky and Desert Sage

A view of the night sky from somewhere in the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument:

 

 

The famous photographer Ansel Adams used an analogy from music when he said that in photography, the negative was the score, and the print the performance.  This panorama has been available on our website for some 3 years, but recently I felt it was time for a better “performance”, so I’ve taken the original images files and completely reworked them.  Hopefully I went in the right direction!

Enjoy,

Martin