A morning after a spring rain is a great time for hike in the foothills.
Old Foresthill Road with the 730'(220m) high Foresthill Bridge in the background greet you at the beginning of the Lake Clementine Trail. The trail is about 4 miles(6.4km)roundtrip.
We are close to the end of the "bloom" season, in California's Gold Country, but these spring rains keep going for a little longer. I'm actually surprised that the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 manual focus lens actually can get subject separation; the lens seems to have very good image quality and is a great value at $268 dollars.click on image above to enlarge
Still being new to super wide angle photography, I still amazed at how the wide angle lens stretches perspective. I should have change the angle to have the reflection closer to the foreground; I'm learning though!click on image above to enlarge
The best hiking partner ever, Goldie!click on image above to enlarge
If you look very closely at the back of the photo there is a deer to the left side of the trail. Sure wish I had a zoom!click on image above to enlargeclick on image above to enlargeclick on image above to enlarge
The payoff of the Lake Clementine Trail is viewing the dam before turning back. My lens was covered with mist from the water cascading over the dam. Next time I'll bring rope so I can get closer to the water. The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 seems to be a good performer; I just need to frame shots better. This trail has easy terrain to traverse with panoramic views of the American River. I'll be back trekking this trail soon!