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I love hiking on foggy days particularly at the moment when the fog begins to lift and the clouds slowly part to make way for the sun to appear. A sort of dance happens with the light. It intensifies then fades again. Sometimes it happens gradually. Other times it happens in a flash. When it appears at just the right spot along the trail, the landscape transforms into something quite magical. It's subtle but beautiful.

Lafayette Reservoir. Lafayette, CA./ ©Stella Kalaw

Lafayette Reservoir. Lafayette, CA./©Stella Kalaw

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The heat wave lingered in the Bay Area for several days before the temperatures cooled off this past weekend.On Sunday morning, the clouds appeared as the sun washed the landscape at Lafayette Ridge.We've hiked here several times since spring and it was the first time I've seen it this beautiful.

Lafayette Ridge Trail. Lafayette, CA./ ©Stella Kalaw

Lafayette Ridge Trail. Lafayette, CA./©Stella Kalaw

Lafayette Ridge Trail. Lafayette, CA./ ©Stella Kalaw

Lafayette Ridge Trail. Lafayette, CA./©Stella Kalaw

Landscape Study 40

I make it a point to revisit my pictures after some time has passed. I tend to judge them too quickly just soon after I take them. For example, I didn't think much about these two images back when I photographed them in October. But,by being removed from the experience and seeing them again with fresh eyes several months later, I have found a renewed interest in them.

Wildcat Canyon Alvarado Regional Park. Richmond, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Wildcat Canyon Alvarado Regional Park. Richmond, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Wildcat Canyon Alvarado Regional Park. Richmond, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Wildcat Canyon Alvarado Regional Park. Richmond, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

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Lately, I've been going on long stretches without pulling my camera from my daypack. I realized as we've been hiking these past few months that every trail is different and the landscape alters depending on the weather. Today was an exception. All the elements seem to have come together and I felt that tug to capture these two images.

Havey Canyon Trail. Wildcat Canyon Regional Park./ ©Stella Kalaw

Havey Canyon Trail. Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. Richmond, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Havey Canyon Trail. Wildcat Canyon Regional Park./ ©Stella Kalaw

Havey Canyon Trail. Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. Richmond, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

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I didn't have any expectations on this trail. We've done a hike back in October at the nearby park. It was hot that day with not a hint of a cloud in the sky. I wasn't able to produce any interesting images. This time around, the conditions were different. The weather was cooler and the landscape kept changing right before my eyes whenever the sun peeked through the rolling clouds. I had fun observing the light as it crept from one area to the next. I waited to click the shutter until the moment when it fell on the right places.

High Ridge Loop Trail. Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park. Hayward, CA./ ©Stella Kalaw

High Ridge Loop Trail. Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park. Hayward, CA./ ©Stella Kalaw

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The harsh sun in Sedona made it difficult to get good images. Nonetheless, I tried to capture something interesting on the rare instance that the scene along the trail fell in complete shade.

Boynton Trail. Sedona, AZ/ ©Stella Kalaw

Boynton Trail. Sedona, AZ/ ©Stella Kalaw

We hiked just beyond the end of the West Fork Trail. Going through the canyon was just inspiring. Played with geometry on this one.

West Fork Trail. Sedona, AZ/ ©Stella Kalaw

West Fork Trail. Sedona, AZ/ ©Stella Kalaw

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It rained on Thanksgiving Day but cleared in the early afternoon. The sun was struggling to breakthrough the clouds so I tried to capture some interesting reflections on the water.

Eastshore State Park between Emeryville and Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Eastshore State Park between Emeryville and Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

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I have loved redwood trees ever since I first encountered them at the Redwood National Park on a road trip from Seattle to Santa Barbara in 1994. I always feel this sudden burst of energy whenever I am around them. This past weekend while hiking at Mt. Tamalpais, I noticed the warm morning light just touching the edges of the tree trunks. I couldn't resist taking this image.

Steep Ravine Trail. Mt. Tamalpais/ ©Stella Kalaw

Steep Ravine Trail. Mt. Tamalpais/ ©Stella Kalaw