Feb 16

Number 23: Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove

Number 23 is a picture of the massive Sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park.
The day the picture was taken was a very cloudy day with very light snow, and you have my day at Yosemite.  My Wife and her parents and I all went out to Yosemite National Park at the end of May.  I had read that it is the best time to go to see the waterfalls, and we were not disappointed.  Unfortunately, the park had received a record amount of snow fall for that year, and a lot of the park was shut down or we had to wait hours for them to clear the road.

The first day we were at the park we could not go down to the valley unless you had snow chains, and since we had a rental car we could not put chains on without violating the lease.  So, the first day we spent our time up at the Mariposa Grove area, which was really amazing.  Growing up in the Central Plains you really do not get very many chances to see gigantic trees or in some cases very many trees at all.  Walking around the Mariposa Grove was like taking a ride through a time machine.  I kept trying to imagine what it was like 500, 1000, 2000 years ago when some of those trees were just saplings.  It was really awe inspiring and made you realize how short our own life-spans are.

I really like this picture not because of its clarity or the color the time of day, and cloud cover made sure I was not going to have proper light, but I did not care. I figured I might not ever make it out to Yosemite again so I took plenty of pictures. I am sure my in-laws thought I was nuts.  I really like this picture because it shows just how massive the trees are.  The bottom trunks of the trees were literally the same width as the cabin.  No picture gives justice to the mighty Sequoia, and I am just happy that I finally got to see them with my own two eyes.

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