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Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve by Brian Lawler

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Brian Lawler Brian Lawler
Explore score
1.00 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 02, 2013
Date taken
Mar 30, 2013

Some of the tallest trees in the world are located in Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, located about 15 miles west of Ukiah, in Mendocino County, California.

The California Coastal Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens) was once logged for making lumber and, ironically, shingles. Very few of the old growth trees remain today, some in this forest, some in Humboldt County, and the tallest tree in the world is located in California's northernmost county, Del Norte. The Mother of the Forest, long believed to be the tallest, is located in this grove of trees. Its height has been measured at 378 feet (the tree in Del Norte County is just 1.1 foot taller).

Montgomery Woods is located on a winding road that travels from the inland valley where Ukiah is located over the foothills toward the ocean. The road is called Orr Springs Road, and it turns off of upper State Street in Ukiah. If you continue on that road past Montgomery Woods, you will reach the tiny logging town of Comptche, and eventually, the town of Mendocino at the mouth of Big River on the coast. Some second-growth redwood lumber is still cut in the forests of Mendocino County, feeding demand for pristine redwood lumber for construction.

Visiting Montgomery Woods is similar to visiting the Sistine Chapel. Sitting in the silence of these magnificent trees is an experience that everyone should have. The only sound breaking the silence was the click of my shutter 378 times as I recorded the images to make this GigaPan.

The top of this photo looks odd because it is a spherical panorama, and should be viewed with a spherical viewer.

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  1. John Bradford

    John Bradford (September 10, 2013, 10:01PM )

    A very impressive shot with a great look and feel. The fact that you took time to supply all of the information only adds to the image.

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GigaPan Stitch.Efx version 2.1.0160 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 998 megapixels (56032 x 17828 pixels)
Input images: 378 (27 columns by 14 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 114.5 degrees high (top=90.0, bottom=-24.5)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0787 c2=-0.00739
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Image size: 3072x2048 (6.3 megapixels)
Capture time: 2013-03-30 12:06:26 - 2013-03-30 12:27:07
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.025
ISO: 640
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 182.7 mm
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 30.3 to 99.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 33.0 to 42.5 percent
Computer stats: 14336 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 27:40 (4.4 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 12:25, Projection: 7:33, Blending: 7:42
(Preview finished in 23:49)

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