80 acres of Mansfield Ravine, containing some of the most extensive redwood forest at the extreme southern end of the redwood range, were recently purchased by the Save the Redwoods League and added to the Los Padres National Forest. Today we went to have a look.
View down the ravine as the ascent begins
At the edge of the redwood forest.
Most of the tanbarks in the ravine have succumbed to Sudden Oak Death, but many bay and live oaks remain.
Figures in a Landscape
Cone Peak to the north
Big rollers sweeping into Pacific Valley. The roar of the surf was loud even in the ravine’s upper reaches.
The upper meadows
Evening light on the South Coast
Pacific Valley sunset
Smokey playing the Homeland Security card at the Pacific Valley fire station. Is that really a bear praying, while another bear hugs a deer in the background? What vault did they pull this out of?