Winter Road Trip: Day 2

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After a good night’s rest…well, sort of (due to how cold it got), we continued our adventure. Once we woke up, we made some breakfast and packed up our stuff to do some hiking in the state park we were already at, Big Trees State Park.

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We started to get really tired and hungry, so decided it was best to head back towards home.

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It’s crazy to think that something this close to home existed. People often take what’s nearby us for granted. There’s so much more out there if you search for it. So the next time you or someone you know says something such as, “There’s nothing to do around here” then take the time (to tell them) to do some research and the motivation to explore unknown areas. It’s not about being into the “outdoors stuff”, just learn appreciate the simple things in life.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF17-35mm f/2.8 + EF85mm f/1.8

Journey Through Mt. Diablo State Park

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Sky Stories

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Each sky has its own story.

Everyday, you have your story too.

Just take the time to look.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF 18mm f/2

The California Cruise

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I remember it was a Wednesday night, and I was bored out of my mind. I had this urge to really go out, do something, and be somewhere. I wanted to see California. Thursday night came, and I found myself packing my things. I looked at maps deciding where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. I had decided on traveling north of San Francisco on Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). I didn’t really know where to stop and I knew I could drive on for days, but I only had 2 days off work. I planned to stop at Salt Point State Park which is north of Jenner.

I left on Friday at noon, but the one mistake that I made and didn’t realize was that it was Labor day weekend. People were getting out and going camping. Realizing this, I decided to stop short at Stillwater Cove Regional park and ended up getting the last lot at the campsite. Once I made camp, I went out for a hike and drove around to look for some views. Here are the highlights of my trip:

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This little adventure along the north coast of California was what I needed. There’s so much out there to be discovered and seen. I’ve come across some of the most amazing and inspirational people along the way. I will never forget this journey and what it’s taught me. Perhaps one day, I’ll compile my photos of my future road trips along highway 1 into a book. There’s so much more to see out there.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF 17-35mm f/2.8 L + EF 85mm f/1.8

A Morning at Rancho San Antonio Park

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF 18mm f/2

Textures and Patterns of Nature

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF35mm f/1.4

Nature in its Essence

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Today, I decided to take a hike at Calero Park in Santa Clara County. This park is only about 20 miles away from downtown San Jose, which is a lot closer than I expected. Very easy to access, except for the traffic during peak hours. Calero park has some amazing views and offers a pretty diverse wildlife.  The trails are very nice spanning across rolling hills and woodlands. This park is beautiful even despite it being over 85° F! If you decide to go, bring lots of water.

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As a photographer, I love taking pictures of beautiful landscapes because I think nature is beautiful. However, sometimes we have this perception of nature in its entirety– as a whole. We overlook the very details, the elements, and disorder that exists.

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We become so focused on “the big picture” we don’t pay attention to the little things. At the beginning of the hike, it was frustrating because of the bad lighting. I didn’t like dark shadows cast by the high sun. I didn’t like how everything looked dead and not colorful. I didn’t like how there weren’t any epic skies. I then realized that the big picture won’t always be perfect for photography. At times like this, one should pay attention to close detail because life doesn’t stop. Life doesn’t stop because it’s not perfect. There is always disorder, randomness, and no structure. There is only imperfection. If anything, perfection is only imperfection perfected.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF35mm F/1.4