Barry has been wanting to see the big redwood tree for some time so today we got it going and drove down to Monte Rio to put our boats in river to go see this biggest of trees.
I think we put in around noon and headed up steam going under this bridge at Monte Rio.That’s Barry in his boat up ahead.
We paddled by these sleeping ducking ducks, mergansers.
And this great blue heron.
There was a little wind but the river was nice as we worked or way up the river.
This huge tree can be seen for the first time when we got to this point. It’s not the big tree you think.b
It’s this one, the one with the dead top. It’s by far the largest one at the bottom where we are eventually going to have a look.
But first we were going to go up river to the summer bridge as Barry hadn’t paddled here before.
We went by these sunning turtles. One of those is a bird.
We are headed up the river to the summer dam and crossing which isn’t too far from here, as far as you can see on the river.
Barry wanted to paddle up to the crossing to have a look so I said ok, I’ll be sitting over here when you came back so I waited for him here and here he comes as we continued on back down the river to go have a look at this huge tree.
The tree isn’t far from the river but it does go through a lot of poison oak.
We put in here to hike over to the big tree. There was only sort of a trail.
We searched around and found the sort of a trail that went up the bank. Barry is trying to get up a four foot step so he’s crawling a bit.
We got a little off and missed the tree but no matter it was a nice hike though a redwood forest.
The Clar Redwood Tree
Now we are in a redwood forest so no way I’ll be able to do this tree justice with my camera.
Here’s Barry standing in front of it. Someone cut all the brush at the bottom not too long ago so now it is all brown but you can see this huge tree going up in front of Barry.
We walked around the tree and had a look. It’s big, it’s huge, it’s by far the largest redwood tree I’ve ever seen. It’s like a couple thousand years old.
I copied this from a Protect the Forest Web site.
Did You Know……
Sonoma county’s tallest tree – the Clar tree – sits within the proposed Silver Estates logging zone. At about 340 feet tall, this Redwood tree is believed to be the tallest tree on private property in the world.
At around 2,000 years old, this resilient tree has been hit by lightening so many times that the tip is dead. Yet the tree survives.
YouTube drone flight
After checking it out we made our way back to our boats through this area full of poison oak. We had to hunt our boats a bit but we found them.
We made it back to our boats and headed back down the river to Monte Rio.
Just before I got to Monte Rio I saw some movement in the bushes and it turned out to be this momma wood duck with her little ones.
Barry headed for home and so did I.
I spent the rest of the day puttering around the yard doing something but I can’t remember what.
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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