Any time we visit Sonoma County we must make a trip to Armstrong Redwoods. This magical place of giant trees, eerie moss, rushing streams and endless tranquility is a small gem in the Russian River valley.
We were particularly interested in seeing these woods since forest fires in the past two years have threatened these ancient trees. We found the old trees faired better than the young ones, but even some of those survived the onslaught of flames.
The Russian River was flooding, so were the streams in this park.
However, the intimate still lifes in the mossy forest beckon us to stop for a while.
Damp trails lead to secret places and invite your imagination to run wild.
Back out on the Russian River road the flooding had overtaken vineyards. Grape vines were immersed in the muddy water.
Some have escaped so far.
Another treat in this area are the wonderful trees. Many different species provide a variety of shapes and winter skeletons.
And at the end of the day, a rainbow.