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Below you will find our top five photos for the California State Parks staff and volunteer Shadows and Silhouettes photo contest that we held from September 22 through December 10. Staff once again stepped up their creativity in showing the beauty of what California State Parks has to offer to our visitors from around the world. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this contest and the other photo contests throughout this year, showing their talent for photography and passion for presenting the uniqueness of our state parks.

Pigeon Point Light Station SHP by Joseph Rogers RESIZED

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

Photo title: “A Lighthouse’s Day Begins at Dusk”

What inspired you to take this photo: “The sunsets at Pigeon Point are almost always spectacular. And while for us it often means the workday is coming to an end, for most of the lighthouse’s history, a sunset symbolized the workday was just starting.” 

Photo taken: Oct. 25, 2019, with a Samsung Galaxy S10.

Photo by: Joseph Rogers, Santa Cruz District. Joseph has been a state park interpreter I for the past six months and has been with the department for a year and a half.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP (Clark Creek Burn 2) by Daniel Bell RESIZED

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Photo title: “Torchlight”

What inspired you to take this photo: “I had been rotated off of the torch during firing operations for a prescribed fire at McArthur-Burney Falls. The State Parks Fire Management Program tries to show our work to others with photos and videos to raise awareness of the essential nature of fire in our environment. The wind shifted away and the smoke lifted around our firing team, creating an excellent backdrop for a photo. Huge amounts of hard work go into making prescribed fires possible, so it was a perfect moment to show these firefighters carrying out their duty.” 

Photo taken: Nov. 22, 2019, with a As.us Zenfone 5Q.

Photo by: Daniel Bell, Natural Resources Division. Daniel is a forestry assistant and has been with the department for two years.

Sutter's Fort SHP (Biscuits the Blacksmith - Haunted Fort) by Colin Rooney

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Photo title: “Blacksmith Justice”

What inspired you to take this photo: “Sutter’s Fort is a photogenic place, especially when volunteers and staff in period clothing are present to liven up the past. This picture was taken during our annual ‘Haunted Fort’ Halloween event inside the blacksmith’s shop. Whenever I have my camera, ‘Biscuits’ the blacksmith always has great ideas for playful shots that usually end up being among the best of those taken. In this instance, he wanted to show what happens to those who get caught trying to steal from the shop. The biggest obstacle in shooting in the fort at night is obviously the lighting, but it worked out here and helped capture the spirit of the event.”

Photo taken: Oct. 26, 2019, with a Canon EOS Rebel T6i, 18mm lens, f/3.5, 1/25 sec, ISO 1600.

Photo by: Colin Rooney, Capital District. Colin is a senior park aide at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and the State Indian Museum. He’s been with State Parks for more than two years.

La Purisima Mission SHP (La Sala) by Maria Hunt (Docent)

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park

Photo Title: “La Sala Sabado”

What inspired you to take this photo: “I love the mission and never miss a chance to capture its beauty; the sun on the wooden floor was too pretty to pass up.”

Photo taken: Nov. 9, 2019, with iPhone 10x and then I applied the Prisma photo-editing app for an added effect.

Photo by: Maria Hunt, Channel Coast District. Maria has been a docent with state parks for two years at the Misión La Purísima Concepción de Maria Santísima.

San Luis Reservoir SRA (Sunset) by Megan Sanchez

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

Photo title: “It’s Going Down for Real”

What inspired you to take this photo: “To keep as a paystub, for getting ‘paid in sunsets.’ The photo was taken at Goosehead Point.” 

Photo taken: Oct. 6, 2019, with iPhone XS Max.

Photo by: Megan Sanchez, Central Valley District. Megan is a state park peace officer (ranger) and has been with the department since 2012.

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