National Parks Immersion

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.

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While in Ireland we were quite honored to spend the day with the Earl of Longford, Thomas Packinham, who has been collecting and planting species of trees on his family estate for the past 50 years.  His gardens are exquisite and he had an encyclopedic knowledge of all things trees.  A real kindred spirit, he's traveled all over the world to photograph trees and uncover their stories and has written 4 books on his findings.  We could hardly keep up with him as he led us through the arboretum (and yes, past his giant castle!)