Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Small Wonders Under Mighty Redwoods
If you travel through California I highly recommend taking the trek up to see the great Redwood trees. These tall and ancient Sequoias hold a special wonder. If you aren’t able to make it up to the “Valley of the Giants” in Humboldt County there is a smaller but still magical forest two hours north of San Francisco. Close to my home town and a place that always inspires me is Armstrong Redwoods. There are a variety of different hiking trails that cross different micro climates. The expansive redwood canopy will pull your attention up to the tall towering heavens, but don’t forget to enjoy all the small wonders closer to your feet. My photo is of Redwood Sorrel, a plant that often circles the trees and hides sweet little flowers in its large clover like leaves. There is always something new to discover here, such as small critters, wild flowers and ferns, fallen trees that create new habitats, and faces in old bark…
By Vanessa Petersen, AFAR Local Expert
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