Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, Sonoma

I’ll go easy this time:  a photo of a beautiful flower.  This is probably an easier sell than star trails photos!  :D

North of Jenner, north of Salt Point, is the not-so-frequently visited Kruse Rhododenron State Reserve in northwest Sonoma County, just off Pacific Coast Highway, a good stop along the way, especially if you like clean air, beautiful flowers and redwood groves.  And if you don’t like those things, whaat, you got rocks in the head?

This reserve contains second-growth redwood, Douglas fir, grand firs, tanoaks, and a plethora of rhododendrons. In April and May the rhododendrons burst into bloom, their brilliant pink blooms offering a dramatic contrast to the deep green of the forest. Since we were there in the middle of June, we caught the last of the blooms. The large amount of is a direct result of normal plant succession patterns following a severe fire that once occurred here. Today, the regenerating forest is gradually overwhelming the rhododendrons.

We went in mid-June, but still got to see some blooms.

Equipment:  Nikon D90, 11-16mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens

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