Actually Muir woods is just a little further north of San Francisco. Sequoia/Kings Canyon are located to the east in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Also, the big trees there are called sequoias, these are redwoods. While related, sequoia trees are wider but not quite as tall as redwood trees and usually don't grow in dense groves like the one here,
Thanks for the compliment. A friend of mine - who knows a whole lot more about photography than I do - said that the lighting for a photograph is just right. He'll wait hours sometimes for the perfect conditions to take a shot. In this case however I was just lucky to be at that spot at the right time cause I sure don't have the patience to wait .