Friday Photo – May 26, 2017

A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human.
~Georges Rouault


Today’s Friday Photo sort of looks like a scene out of the Blair Witch Project, or any of your favorite horror flicks that have a foggy forest scene in it. However, this shot was taken in a very peaceful and serene forest in Sequoia National Park, on the trail leading to the General Sherman Tree. This tree is the largest Giant Sequoia in the world, and is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old. It towers about 275 feet above the ground, and it’s more than 100 feet in diameter at the base.

This shot was taken on May 5, 2017, while on a mini road trip through the lower portion of central California. The entrance into the park is well below the 7,000 foot level, but once we started climbing the numerous switchbacks,  we found ourselves in the clouds that were once so high above us. The fog was really thick that day, and there were times during the drive when we could barely see 20 feet in front of us. The temperature was also around 45 degrees. Quite a difference from the 60-ish degrees in Three Rivers (the town just outside the park).  We were unprepared for the cold temps on this trip, but did have some layers to put on. It made for a short, but sweet visit to this wonderful place, and the dense fog made for some really cool photography. A rare moment for us to see this place in a different light. It was also my first visit. Certainly not my last.

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