Land of Giants

Land of Giants • Article by Sapna Reddy

The Redwood Forest in California has some of the largest trees in the world, but that is not the only photographic opportunity. Sapna Reddy gives her insider advice on how to make the most of a visit here

As a landscape photographer, I consider myself truly fortunate to be living in California. The 900 miles along the Pacific coast, strewn with dramatic rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, majestic mountains, desert lands and redwood forests, offer a tremendous opportunity to the wanderer, observer and photographer within us.

In that gamut of choices, one of the most intriguing subjects is the Redwood Forest. For those seeking a comprehensive list of all Redwood hikes, check out this website:

There are two kinds of redwood trees in California. The Giant sequoia grows inland, while the more delicate redwoods hug the coastline. The former is an impressive subject to photograph, while the latter is more challenging.

Coastal redwoods occupy a narrow strip of land approximately 750 km (470 mi) in length and 5 - 47 mi (8.0–75.6 km) in width along the Pacific coast of North America; the most southerly grove is in Monterey County, California and the most northerly groves are in extreme southwestern Oregon. Jedediah Smith, Del Norte Coast, Prairie Creek and Redwood National Park are all close to each other and offer a large number of choices for trail exploration. To the south of these is the …

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Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Sapna Reddy is a landscape photographer who currently resides in California, USA.

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