There will always be the Yuba river, for me. Heaven may crumble, but these of unimaginable granite shall hold.
More of the Summer Bloom in the Sierra Nevada. These pictures come from Prosser Lake, an artificial water system, north of Truckee that was conceived of as means to manage the water level in Lake Tahoe through the Truckee river. The habitat that has grown up around the lake has […]
It is hard to describe the harmonious delight that is the High Sierra Wildflower bloom. There is concert there. There is cooperation – every plant makes way for their neighbors in a wild urban (herban) scenario that does this California boy’s heart right. It only happens for a few weeks a […]
The Oak woodlands between Cone Peak and Junipero Serra Peak, at the border of the Ventana Wilderness, is a true slice of Heaven, California-style. We wildharvested some late-Spring, Wooly Bluecurl – a particularly fragrant, endemic flower. The bloom was going off; I got a few backpacks full. The view from […]
Two or so miles up from the trailhead, at about 9000′, the wind blows strong and cold across the glacial lake, even under the sunniest of skies. The Jeffery pines grow in specific patterns here, in this secret corner of the Eastern Sierra Nevada; spread out among the aspens and […]
Had to run. Take the Danners, throw the new Equinox in the back of the van, don’t forget the whiskey, or the Elna Bakker book. Today, my friends, today we see the largest tree in the world. A tree so large that the sublimity of simply beholding the thing is enough to […]
“What would John Muir do?” One of my favorite John Muir anecdotes is the history of Tahoe National Park. After Yosemite and Sequoia, Mr. Muir turned his sites to establishing permanent, federal protection for the deepest, highest alpine lake in the world: Lake Tahoe. He proposed a […]