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Trees

Jun 302014
 

Today is the anniversary of Lincoln signing into law the Yosemite Grant Act.  Done during the civil war, it was the first act to set aside and protect wild land for the enjoyment of all future generations of people.  And today, 150 years after, the park service and the Yosemite conservancy are investing over 35 million dollars to help protect and save the incredible sequoias from the mariposa grove.  This image is not from the mariposa grove, but from the merced grove of sequoias, also in Yosemite National Park.  Wherever they are, the sequoia tree is an awesome sight to behold and spend time with.

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Dec 012012
 

I was disappointed that the sun didn’t show itself at all, but I think its the moisture of rain and fog that help these huge trees survive for the eons that they do.  The foggy canopy also made the area that much more surreal.  Have you ever been up close to one of these Sequoias or a redwood?  I’ve never grown tired of them.  They’re always a bit mystical in my eye.  A glimpse of how small my individual human form is in juxtaposition to these old, stately, massive forms of nature.  If you haven’t already, go hug one of these massive trees.  These are in General Grants grove on the western side of Kings Canyon National Park.

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Nov 112012
 

I was traipsing around in the woods one day, looking for mushrooms.  Yes, I did see a few, but it wasn’t quite wet enough to find and gather any of the edible kind.  What I did find, of consequence, though, is color.  The beautiful golden yellow color that is autumns trademark.  Mixed in with the evergreens green and the quiet semi-dampness of the growing fall season, I found myself in a surprisingly pleasant and peaceful state of being.  At first I was disappointed at not finding any mushrooms of significance, but then I looked around and noticed what was there.  Such a simple thing that is sometimes so elusive.

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