We decided to focus on our own disappearing landscapes in California this summer and made it to a few National Parks. Our beloved redwoods are on the list of the 10 top trees in our state subject to extinction. Only 3% of these ancient beings are left on the planet thanks to logging and lack of water. We also made it to see the Yosemite Valley, which was filled with smoke due to more fires, the magnificent thousands of years old Bristlecone Pines and the Saguaro National Park in Arizona. Thanks to the land for continued inspiration and education.
We have been tracking the fires in California and how they relate to the drought and climate change. The Whittier fire burned in a valley with many old oak trees, leaving behind ash skeletons that reminded us of crime scenes and certainly had the quiet hush of a graveyard. This is Brian with the 4 x 5 kneeling before a magnificent oak that survived with just charred leaves on the underside of it's crown.