Capturing that moment in time when you are one with your surroundings. Feeding the fires of memory and reflection.
Beauty and the Beast of Global Warming
In 1992 sixty mph winds fanned a single lightning strike into a fire that burned nearly 9000 acres in the Rainbow Falls area south of Red’s Meadow. Between the fire and the 2012 windstorm this area took quite a hit. Here we are walking to the falls on a spur trail just off the John Muir Trail that traverses the Sierra Nevada for 212 miles.
Red’s Meadow and Devil’s Postpile National Mounument is an idyllic stretch of High Sierra backcountry nestled above the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. On November 30, 2012 a severe windstorm with gusts as high as 180 mph screamed through the high valley for twelve hours. Thousands of trees were just snapped in half, as evidenced in this photo. Nature moves on in the form of fresh pines and fir quickly take hold. On our way to Mammoth, in the saddle between Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen we also saw the remnants of several large fires. One can’t help but be cognizant of the major changes in weather and landscape that are occuring before our eyes. Our only hope is the power with which nature regenerates herself.
Rainbow Falls on the headwaters of the San Joaquin River.
A good morning for fishing for this pair of ducks on Upper Twin Lake, Mammoth Lakes, California.