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.
Both as a direct response to Trumplandia's call to drill and develop in US National Parks and because it's time we added these majestic, iconic landscapes to the Song series, we are honing our camping skills to spend some serious time in California's protected lands, one park at a time. This image was shot last winter in Sequoia National Park.
Not only were the trees in Fulufjallet National Park in Sweden of interest, but we discovered the extraordinary white lichen and colorful mosses found on the summit surrounding Old Tjikko. The rocks seemed to have as much to say as the trees and as the lichen grow at about a millimeter every year, some of the lichen covering the rocks is hundreds of years old. We had a perfect rainy day for our hike, which cleared everyone else off the mountain, so we got to commune with the storm and Sweden's largest waterfall nearby.