Christmas Vacation 2012, Christmas Day at Salvation Mountain, CA
Off to Utah for this year’s vacation. Hope to get some great photos of my favorite places in winter. Happy Holidays!
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Cliffs #1, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
The variety of color to be found in the mountains of Kings Canyon National Park is astounding. Looking back through the canyon from the vantage point of the Kings River, I was granted a vision of towering cliffs pressed shoulder-to-shoulder like some multi-generational family gathered together for an awkward photograph. Each cliff was swathed in patchwork patterns of grey and brown, blue and yellow, orange and green, all dappled with flourishes of foliage that clung to the sheer rock walls like pieces of lint. I can only imagine how this place looks during a change of season. Such an explosion of color was a welcome contrast from the mute and ashen desert that I passed through on my eastward approach to the park. The area of Squaw Valley seems especially lifeless, an anemic flat of land that looks to have been drained of its’ life through destructive agricultural practices and the siphoning of resources for industrial needs. The name Kings Canyon is especially fitting when one looks upon this park as a kind of idyllic kingdom, protected from the surrounding desolation by the great walls of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I love this place, and I hope its’ fortifications hold up against the constant onslaught of the Army of Man.
California Tunnel Tree, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, CA
The second of two tunnel trees in the Mariposa sequoia grove, the California Tunnel Tree was carved in 1895. It’s companion tunnel tree, the Wawona tree, fell in 1969. While examining the tunnel, I could see bark was growing over the interior walls as the tree slowly healed itself. Throughout my travels, I’ve always been astonished at nature’s ability to counteract man’s various transgressions. The sequoias in particular have sustained widespread destruction throughout the history of this country’s development, and that makes these remaining groves even more precious. To see this old tree gradually recovering makes me feel hopeful that there is still hope for these majestic giants. All we have to do is figure out a way to drive around the tree instead of through it.