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Featured Photo: No Name Necessary

Featured Photo: Don’t Ask  (Ronda, Spain)

Don’t ask me the name of this petal-less dried-up flowery weed. Identifying the flora of a foreign country is a little more challenging than determining the plant species in my backyard woods. I only know that I found it to be beautiful, and that I found it on a hillside in Ronda, Spain. That was reason enough to bring it back home with me in this photo.

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The Giants of Mariposa

That they are old is not enough.  Age is an effortless achievement -just ask any woman over forty.  But here also is grace.  A simple yet steadfast strength.  The presence of a peace that expands from within one’s own self to embrace the very sanctuary that seems to call it forth.

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias provides perspective on a grand scale.  One of three protected sequoia groves within Yosemite, Mariposa at the south-western edge of the park is the largest and most visited.  Unlike the coastal redwoods of Muir Woods, these Sequoias are more solitary.  The drier inland zone results in less undergrowth and clustering, making it easier to imagine unique personas for the individually named trees.

Walking through, the sensation is similar to being in the presence of stalwart timeless heroes.  Some will fall, but even the decay of the fallen is deliberate due to a bacteria that suppresses the qualities of tannic acid in the wood.  The “Fallen Monarch” (pictured at right) has lain in state for centuries, and the trees around it will grow for centuries more.

I think I’m ready for another visit to Yosemite.

Updated from February 10, 2010.

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Colossal Cones

Surrounded by trees extending almost three hundred feet straight up, I had an understandable urge to look skyward as we wandered through the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park.  Fortunately, a young boy showed me what was lying right at my feet:  giant sequoia cones!

Winter winds blow pollen from the sequoias’ lower branches up to the female cones congregating the trees’ crowns.  Naturally occurring lightening fires eventually dry out the mature cones, releasing as many as two hundred seeds per cone and allowing the life cycle to roll around another time.

The trees themselves disappear to almost unfathomable heights from the ground below.  The child to cone size comparison provided a more tangible illustration of  “gigantic”.

Updated from February 15, 2010

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