Walking in Your Footsteps
On the forest floor, little light gets through, even in the middle of the afternoon. There isn’t much underbrush. The air temperature is cool and a little bit damp. What I notice most is the quietness. Prehistoric quietness.
I am walking through a redwood grove. It is the biggest contiguous old growth redwood forest in the world. Rockefeller Forest in Humboldt Redwoods State Park was created in 1929 with a two million dollar check by whom else: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. himself. Before this it was owned by the Pacific Timber Company.
It’s best to walk through a Redwood grove by yourself, to enjoy the quietness, the stillness, the humility of being such a small and insignificant being among these ancient giants.
Text and Photos by Stephen Bugno
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