Arbor Day

Photo by Donaville Herrick

Photo Info

  • Location: Muir Woods, California
  • Camera used: Nikon D90
  • Lens used: Sigma 10-20mm

Happy Arbor Day! Growing up, whenever I asked for my parents when I could have something I knew was unattainable — something along the lines of a really expensive new gadget or toy — they would always reply “Arbor Day”, which translated to never. It’s not a day that’s celebrated as widely as other holidays like St. Patrick’s Day — which to me could be an environmentally friendly day, too, since it involves the color green — so many people don’t often know when Arbor Day occurs or that it even exists. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the day, it’s a day that’s dedicated to planting and caring for trees.

For today’s Photo Friday, I wanted to present a of a few redwood trees in the Muir Woods, just minutes north of San Francisco, that I photographed back in November of last year. I was happy I brought my wide angle (Sigma 10-20mm) lens with me because I knew it wouldn’t have been possible to capture a shot of even half of a single tree in the frame, even if I took the photo lying down, with my 30mm lens. The photo above doesn’t do justice to the size and magnificence of these redwood trees. They’re something you have to see in person and they make you appreciate trees all the more.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

A Foggy December Morning

The Wood by Andy Drake

Photo Info

  • Location: Oregon, USA
  • Camera used: Nikon D200
  • Lens used: AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5 – 4.5G IF-ED
  • Filter used: 67mm Quantaray UV filter
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter: 1/60
  • F: 3.5

This week’s featured photo was taken by freelance graphic designer and marketing director Andy Drake of Eugene, Oregon. Taken around 11am on a cold, dry, and foggy December morning, this photo stopped me in my tracks. You can view the rest of the photos from the set on his portfolio.

From Andy:
What I love about this photo and photography in general is that it takes me to a specific moment in time. Feelings, emotions, smells, etc are brought to mind. This particular morning was nicely foggy. I had been trying a new hiking trail near my house, and felt somewhat unsure of my surroundings. This image captured that mysteriousness of the wood around me. It has a fairytale quality; it is both bright/light, with beauty in the colors. The ominous nature of this fairytale effect is also intriguing, but makes me want to see more!

Really, I was just lucky to get the perfect light in a great scene. I’m just a lucky bystander of nature’s innate beauty.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Yellow Weeds

Photos by Donaville Herrick

Photo Info

  • Location: Old Town Temecula, California
  • Camera used: Nikon D40x (retired)
  • Lens used: Nikkor 50mm f1.8 
  • Shot at f1.8

The very first lens I purchased, after I made the transition from a point and shoot to a DSLR, was a 50mm f1.8. It was probably the best $100 or so I ever spent and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable first lens (outside of the kit lens that might be bundled with a DSLR).

That lens stayed on my camera about 75% of the time, until I upgraded cameras and lenses. The 50mm f1.8 lens gave me the ability to hone in on a subject in the foreground and blur out the background to the point where the objects in the background looked unrecognizable and abstract.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Scenic Murrieta, California

Photo by Chris Stetson

Photo Info

  • Location: Murrieta, California
  • Camera used: Canon T2i
  • Lens used: Vintage Mamiya-Sekor 58mm f/1.7

Sometimes my wife and I will take the back, more scenic route to Murrieta from our home in Temecula. We will do this on occasion for different reasons, sometimes it’s just a change of scenery. Every time we take this back way there is this area that I always drive through a little slower. The hills are rolling and houses are few and far between.

This particular tree always seems to catch my eye. I don’t know what it is, but when I was asked to submit something to Dearest Nature this is where I found myself. Only this time I pulled off to the side of the road with my camera, instead of driving right past it.

About Chris Stetson

Chris is a photographer and graphic artist living in Temecula, CA. He grew up in a small beach town called Carpinteria which is just south of Santa Barbara, CA. He doesn't remember a time in his life when he wasn't doing something creative, whether it was drawing, painting, playing music, or playing around with cameras.

Lichen by Little Fish Studios

I spent my last two years of college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and I distinctly remember an alley in the heart of downtown called the bubblegum alley. Who could forget a name like that, right? It’s a hot touristy spot due to the incredible amount of gum that’s stuck to the walls of the alley. In all honesty, it smells awful, but I couldn’t leave the town without having snapped a photo of a section of the wall. I would have attempted to photograph an up-close-and-personal macro shot of some of the gum that reminded me of lichen that grows on trees had the stench of the saliva of 50,000 tourists been present.

The piece of bark that Lisa Jordan found and photographed (shown above) is world’s prettier and more approachable than anything I saw in the bubblegum alley. The bit of bark measured the size of Lisa’s fingernail and contained four different type of lichen. It’s kind of mind-boggling how much detail and color nature can pack into the tiniest of spaces. Nature is such a beautiful artist. And I absolutely adore that Lisa fashioned the piece of lichen-laden bark onto a ring. I like-n it a lot!

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.