General Grant Tree, Sequoia - Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra Nevada Mountains


A late snow in May fell so thick I could hard see the road in front of me. It was dark and I had been diving for hours. My goal had been to simply get up into the cool night air and leave the thick congested central valley smells and sights behind me. The Sierra Nevada mountains had become a sanctuary for me, not only for my photography, but my connection to the wilds and nature. It was about 5 hours from my home, to get up in to the crystal clear mountain air and there were too many various access points into the mountains to count. This time though, I was interested in spending some time with the big trees. Some of the giant mountain sequoias are over 2000 years old. Photographing them though, becomes a challenge of how to separate them from the forest. On this year and with a sprinkling of a late snow, the immature spruce created the perfect juxtaposed partner to the famous General Grant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. Standing a 267 feet tall and 29 feet in width, it was not easy to show the enormous size and beauty of this amazing life force. As I look back now, the little spruce tree has grown tall and covered up the precious view of the Genera Grant tree, leaving me with a incredible memory and image of a very unique place.

Created with a Zone 6, 4×5 field camera, 450mm Fujinon lens.

Created: May, 1998
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