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Nov 062014
 

I love being in the forest in the fall.  It’s moist and cool, often with plenty of mushrooms growing, adding to the texture and color of the terrain.  Whether walking on trails or traipsing through the underbrush, it always brings joy and a quite excitement to the soul.  And the redwood forest brings a different twist to the adventure.  They’re so tall and stately.  Nothing quite like it.

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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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Apr 182013
 

It’s quiet here.  And if you haven’t guessed before now, I really like quiet.  Really, there’s so much to hear in the quiet.  The branches swaying, ever so slightly.  Redwoods can get so tall that even a slight breeze up high and they creek as they sway.  The ferns are tall and thick.  The paths just perfect with eons of decay turning into the softest form of dirt.  On this day I kept walking in and out of the fog.  A few hundred yards up the trail and the sun was shining again.  It’s quite cool in a redwood grove.  I think they like that.  I do too.  It keeps the atmosphere nice and quiet.

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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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Apr 222012
 

Good morning.  It’s Earth day.  Not that that is anything particularly special for me.  But, it is a good reminder of where we are in this huge cosmos of stars and planets and maybe a focal-point day that we can, desperately need to, honor the ground we walk upon.  Earth is a living, breathing planet and the more we can realize we’re stewards of her beauty, the better off we’ll all be.

These redwood trees are in Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco.  Solid and earthy.  The park named after one of the greatest of Earth stewards, John Muir.  An appropriate image for the day.

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Mar 172012
 

Last summer I was driving down 101 through the redwoods.  Sadly, it was all a foggy overcast.  Never-the-less I chose to take a side road up into the hills and check out the Lady Bird Johnson grove of trees.  I figured it would really be socked in, but when in Rome….  While driving, the road started heading up and up and when I actually got to the grove I was at the transition point of the fog and blue sky above.  Wow!  What luck.  What contrast; the sunbeams filtering down through the trees revealing the blue sky above.  Natures perfection.

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