Green Explosion – Lushness in Samuel P Taylor Forest

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Heavy rains bring green back to the landscape in California’s Samuel P Taylor State Park.

When I took this photo, I had drought fever (like everyone else in the Bay Area). In 2014, the landscape has just been so dry for so long. I missed the verdant scenes I’d come to expect in winter. So when the heavy rains hit, all I wanted to do was head out to see how the lands would react. I wanted to go somewhere that I thought would react fairly immediately to the rains, as well as somewhere that I hadn’t been yet. So after some deliberation, I decided to head out to Samuel P Taylor State Park — a forest I’d passed through on several visits to Point Reyes, but never hiked in. The park was the perfect destination. The forests were indeed teeming with moisture, and the greens were exploding from their den of hiding. This photo was taken on Bill’s Trail.

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