The Sierra Nevada Glaciers
The ravages of wildfires
But re-growth has already begin
These stripes are in the rocks
A domed rock formation
Another example of domed rock
Trees growing from rock
Through a weathering process called exfoliation this type of granite peels away layer by layer like an onion. The granite was formed and compressed beneath an older mountain range of softer stone, which eroded away.The exposed granite expanded from internal pressure and cracked parallel to the surface. The process continues today and domes are still being formed throughout Yosemite.
More trees growing on the rocks
A red cliff
This is not the mist
It's a controled burn
This lake is dying
Eons ago a glacier left a moraine here and allowed this pond to form. It is slowly filling up and will become, first, a marsh, then a meadow, and eventually part of the forest. This pond is the closest thing to a swamp that I saw on my trek. I did see every other type of terrain imaginable on my trip.
Eventually it will join the forest
Trees mirroring the mountains
Domed peaks of Lee Vining Canyon
The same ridge in the photo at left
Domed peaks were everywhere
Trees are starting to grow on this one
A look down the canyon
And across the valley
Another view across the valley
One of the Sierra Nevada Glaciers
More of Ellery Lake
The Sierra Nevada Glaciers
Another angle on the glaciers
A mudslide from years past
More of the Lee Vining Canyon
The road I traveled
A blast hole
The road through Yosemite, oficially known as CA120 looks a lot straighter on a map than it is on the ground. At times I thought I would travel a circle and be back to the point I was earlier. There are many places where you can photograph where you were or where you are going. (as in the photo above) 60 miles of twisty-turny. And don't forget the upsy-downsy!
The blast hole above is left from the construction of the road. They drill a long hole in the rock and insert dynamite and blast away a mountain to make a road. Let's talk about time here.
MOUNTAIN TIME: Try to imagine a rate of change like the mountains of Yosemite have seen. Measurements suggest that the Sierras are being eroded at the rate of one inch every thousand years. By contrast, the rate of human-caused change can be drastic.
HUMAN TIME: Construction workers blasted 80,000 cubic yards of rock from the mountain to form a road bed in three months. And this just in the area where I shot that photograph. Nature isn't destroying this world, we are.
The tree is a Sierra Juniper. It will grow most anywhere while other trees would perish. It's roots penetrate crevices in the rocks enabling Sierra junipers to survive blizzards, thin soil and summer glare. On the storm exposed side the branches die, while on the other side of the tree the branches flourish.
The rock in the center photo does a balancing act on the side of an large rock formation.
The rock formation on the right is an interesting formation. Can you find George Washington there?
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