One Tree Hill


Tags: nature

Cañada College is a community college located in Redwood City, California. It’s situated at the top of a hill overlooking the bay area on one side, and the redwood forest on the other side. It’s a scenic location. Sometimes the fog from Half Moon Bay starts to pour over the mountains like one of those dry ice experiments. It’s beautiful, but not on the day I was there unfortunately.

I was there during the middle of day, and the skies were bright and blue. No fog or beautiful sunsets at the time. It took a while to find the location for the following photo:

Colorful picture of a tree

It was situated at the edge of the parking lot. I’m not sure if it was still considered the school’s property. The grass was no longer maintained so it was tall and brushy. This tree was growing by itself. The nearest trees were further down the hill, but too get this shot I had to make my way down the hill towards a golf course. You can hopefully get a better idea from this satellite picture:

Google Maps satellite photo

From down the hill I shot upwards towards the tree. This allowed me to get a nice, clean shot of tree by itself. I used a polarizing filter to darken down the sky as it was the middle of day. I think the effect was too strong though. I would have to preferred not to make the polarization so obvious.

Regardless, I’m happy I took the time to wander around the outer parking lots. The last place I looked resulted in the only keeper photo from the day! For Cañada College it’s definitely best to watch the weather and plan your trip as the fog and sunsets can be quite breathtaking at this location. I hope to come back sometime during one of these foggy days.