California Redwoods

I like the snow… but after a while enough is enough, so here’s a little break (even for those that don’t need it):



We’ve featured panoramas from this area of California before, and we probably will again, as I can never get enough of it!

On a separate note, some of you may have noticed our panoramas were not displaying correctly (as in not at all) for about a day last week.  The software glitch is now fixed!

I hope you enjoy this latest addition; please share if you do!



Fern Canyon

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:

Merry Christmas,

Martin van Hemert

Old Growth Redwoods

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




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