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Sequoia National Park

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This picture of a giant sequoia was taken along the Crescent Meadows trail.  The giant sequoias’ red/orange bark is distinct among the grey and brown bark of other trees. And if you stand beneath one of these giants, you can gaze all the way up its tall trunk and through its high branches to see sky above. The treetop is often hidden above the highest branches. Giant sequoias grow at middle elevations along the west slope of the Sierra Nevada. While not the world’s oldest trees, they are known to reach ages of up to 3,400 years. Tree ring studies of giant sequoias provide a long record of climate and fire history, helping park managers and scientists better understand relationships of climate, fire, and the giant sequoia life cycle.

Picture Number: CM1_0064

Date: April 2016

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 640     Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

F-Stop: f/4     Lens: 30 mm

This is a picture of Hospital Rock which is a large quartzite rock in Sequoia National Park, located just off the Generals Highway, on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River.  Archeologists have determined that evidence found in the area proves it was once occupied by approximately 500 Native Americans belonging to the Potwisha sub-group of the Monache, or Western Mono Indians, as far back as 1350 A.D. The main attractions are ancient pictographs (rock paintings) from these Native American artists. It’s truly amazing that they have lasted and can still be seen on large rock walls. The same can also be said for nearly 50 bedrock mortars that were used to grind acorns into flour by former inhabitants.

Picture Number: CM1_0043

Date:    April 2016

Camera:    Nikon D7100

ISO:   400              Shutter Speed:  1/100 sec

F-Stop:  f/5            Lens:    48 mm

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