160 years ago The Mammoth Tree was felled. It was heard — around the world. The shock of its felling helped spark the conservation movement in America and indeed around the world. It’s one of my favorite places to be — it’s beautiful in every season and has such a great story to share with us even today. You can read more in Leo Hickman’s piece in the Guardian.
Stump and Bole of the Mammoth Tree
The bored and dynamited to get it to fall
Warm evening light on cinnamon trunks
The Mother of the Forest had its bark stripped — look carefully to see the marks from the scaffold they used
Walking among giants
Fall color amid the dogwoods
Snow blankets the ground much of the year
Massive trees from egg-sized cones
Snow shoeing! The best way to see the trees
Beautiful sugar pines join the sequoia
Perhaps the most beautiful meadow in any forest?