Pinnacles National Park Trip
February 27 to March 1, 2013

Another weekend trip, this time to Pinnacles National Park, recently promoted from National Monument.

On this trip I started using my new panography rig - an Olympus OM-D EM-5 with 7.5mm Rokinon fisheye lens. I had been using a Canon 5D II with a Canon 15mm lens, and a big Gitzo tripod, a relatively heavy rig. I concluded that it was probably responsible for the chronic pain in my elbows and shoulders, always worse after a day of photography. The new Olympus rig weighs half as much, and so does the Really Right Stuff tripod. The relief was immediate.

I took 21 panoramas in two days.

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February 27-28, 2013

The trip began with an afternoon drive from the Bay Area. The air was mild and the hills were beautifully green with a few wildflowers. We claimed a nice campsite and just took it easy for the rest of the day.

The second day we took a hike, directly from the campground, up the Bear Gulch Trail to the Talus Caves.

The campground at Pinnacles is in the flat-floored valley east of the rugged outcrops that give the area its name. We were delighted to see seven California condors circling overhead in the morning.

All panoramas taken this day (8)

Panoramas of Pinnacles East

Panoramas of the Bear Gulch Trail at Pinnacles National Park, California

March 1, 2013

It was another beautiful day. Instead of driving directly home, we headed across to the coast at Aptos on Monterey Bay, then north on Highway 1 through Santa Cruz to Wilder Ranch State Park and Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

All panoramas taken this day (13)

Panoramas of the Gabilan Range North of Pinnacles

Panoramas of Aptos on Monterey Bay

Panoramas of Wilder Ranch State Park north of Santa Cruz

Panoramas of Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the San Mateo Coast

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