Tag: Muir Woods National Monument

Parking a Tree Park to Death

Parking a Tree Park to Death

(Updated November 18, 2017)

Muir Wood National Monument, a 17 mile drive north from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge is in danger of being “loved to death.”

The monument’s giant coast redwoods aren’t being crushed by “tree huggers.” But its parking lots are becoming so choked by visitors’ vehicles that a “Take-A-Number-Next-Customer-Please!” entrance scheme is being considered.

No one really wants that to happen at one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular tourist attractions. But safety concerns may demand it.

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Scaling” Trees

Travel Photo Thursday: “Scaling” Trees

What does it mean to “scale” a tree?

Tree ClimberOne definition of the verb “scale is “to reach the highest point of.” So to “scale a tree” could mean to climb it. (Photo by Scrap Pile via Flickr.)

“Scale” also means to measure, not just weight, but in the case of trees, to estimate how much lumber an uncut tree will produce when harvested.

When photographing trees, “scale” means giving the viewer a sense of the size of the tree. And, as I pointed out in “Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting The World’s Biggest Trees,” this can be a difficult task.

But there’s a simple solution to “scaling” trees with a camera: Put a person “in the frame.”

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