With Star Wars The Force Awakens coming out this week, here's an appropriately themed image. Of course, I've been working on this one for a while, so no, it's not merely for the movie! But ironically, this very forest is where Endor was filmed for Return of the Jedi, and I hadn't processed any images of this scene. It is the same area where my "Tree of Souls" image was made, though that one was inside of a tree, so you couldn't really get a sense of the scene. And oh, what a scene it was! What an ethereal, surreal and moody place to visit. The trails wandered through the massive redwood trees, which were 10-15 feet in diameter and hundreds of feet tall, and truly made you feel utterly minute and insignificant in the face of this vast and powerful landscape.
This is another image from our 24-day west coast and pacific northwest road trip this summer. On days 2-3, we stayed near the Redwoods, and I was able to experience hiking through the Redwood forests for the first time. It was definitely one of the best hiking experiences of my life to date, and I've had quite a few epic ones!
"Tree of Souls" was also made here on the same day, and you can see it below. It gives an unusual view into the inside of one of these magnificent trees, while "Endor" is about the entire atmosphere of the scene in that special place.