Thursday, June 30, 2005

Sequoia & Kings Canyon, June 2005

In June of 2005, during the peak of the snowmelt, we headed into Kings Canyon. The river was thundering:

This is the Great Western Divide, from the top of Little Baldy Peak:

The bears were prowling around, looking for some early-season sustenance. This picture was taken with a telephoto; we were probably 100 yards from the bear:

In the early season, just after the snow melts, the "snow flower" or "snow plant" pokes up through the leaf litter. It does not have any chlorophyll and is something like a fungus:

That was a close-up. Here is what the snow flower looks like, next to a Sequoia: