Mushrooms Of Plenty

Last weekend Remy Gervais and I took our photography group “Sonoma County Photography Group, aka, SoCoPhoGro” out to Jack London State Historic Park located in Glen Ellen. Let me just say how wonderful this park is to photograph. There is something for everyone to photograph or just take a hike and enjoy the park. Subjects range from the smallest mushrooms (picture below) to the valleys and lakes not to mention all the historic buildings.

Jack London State Historic Park is a memorial to writer and adventurer Jack London, who made his home at the site from 1905 until his death in 1916. The park was once part of the famous writer’s Beauty Ranch.

The park contains the cottage residence where he wrote books, short stories, articles and letters while he oversaw various agricultural enterprises.

If you ever get the chance to visit make sure that you set aside as much time as you can. Take a picnic and sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Here are a couple of links for information.
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=478
http://www.jacklondons.net/directions.html

The mushrooms you see below are growing on the top of a 4×4 fence post adjacent to the Wolf House. I used a Canon 580EX Speedlite with a dome diffuser. By using a flash I was able to darken the background and make the mushrooms pop. Please enjoy.

©R. Mabry Photography

©R. Mabry Photography

Camera specs: Canon 1-Ds Mark II with Canons EF 70 – 200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens @ 200mm, 1/50sec at f / 2.8, ISO 200 Aperture priority, -1EV, pattern metering mode, Canon 580EX Speedlite Flash in TTL mode, with a dome diffuser.

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