Tall Tales From The Field

Sequoia National Park- A Park Of Extremes

Yosemite National Park may get all the pub and glory but Sequoia National Park is an enticing alternative high up in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  If you like peace, solitude, adventure, rugged peaks, pristine lakes and rivers, along with it’s main attraction, Giant Sequoia Trees, then Sequoia is a preferred destination.  I worked a summer in Sequoia during my college years and it is a summer I will never forget. Where else can you encounter a black bear and a tarantula on the same day!

The park has immense elevation changes starting from the chaparral in the foothills at 1,300 feet, to dense sub alpine forests and onto the treeless alpine environment.  Sequoia is home to Mt Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,491 feet and the world’s largest tree, The General Sherman.

EUREKA DUNES

GENERAL SHERMAN TREE

The General Sherman Tree Has A Diameter Of Nearly 34 Feet

WINTRY SEQUOIA FROM MORO ROCK

Fog Rolls Into Giant Forest

FOG ROLLS THROUGH A FOREST

More Fog From the Valley Below

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CASTLE ROCKS IN FOG

Fog-Shrouded Castle Rocks

FALL FOILAGE IN SEQUOIA

Fall Colors Stand Out

FALL COLORS SURROUND A GIANT SEQUOIA

MOSS-COVERED TREES

Lichen-covered Lodgepole Pines

HIKING THE HIGH SIERRAS

Backpacking The Sierras

EAGLE SCOUT PEAK

Eagle Scout Peak Along The High Sierra Trail

HAMILTON LAKE MOMENT_2302

Relaxing In The Back Country At Hamilton Lakes

HAMILTON CREEEK FALLS

Hamilton Creek Falls

HIKING TO MT. WHITNEY

Hiking To The Top Of Mt. Whitney

MT WHITNEY CLOSEUP

Mt. Whitney

MT WHITNEY FROM ALABAMA HILLS

Mt. Whitney From The Owens Valley’s’ Alabama Hills

LOOKING NORTH FROM TOP OF MT WHITNEY

View From The Top

Sunrise at Mt.Whitney Trail Camp

Camping Below Whitney Summit

SOLO WHITNEY HIKER

Solo Whitney Hiker

KAWEAH RIVER EARLY EVENING

One Of My Favorite Rivers, The Kaweah River At The Sequoia Foothills

MIDDLE FORK KAWEAH RIVER

Kaweah River

Paradise Creek

PARADISE CREEK

SLOPE OF WILDFLOWERS

Wildflowers

SEQUOIA WILDFLOWERS

Mustang Clover

THREE SEQUOIAS

SEQUOIAS IN MOTION

Sequoia’s In A Blur………

MOTHER BLACK BEAR AND CUB YOSEMITE

Mother And Cub Black Bear

SEQUOIA DEER

More Wildlife

MOTHER BEAR WATCHES OVER CUB

SEQUOIA SNOW 2

Fresh Snow

Sequoia's Giant Forest BW_0073

SEQUOIA AGAINST SNOWY PINES

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SUNSET

From The Aptly Named Sunset Rock

13 responses

  1. Engaging set of images that attest to Mother Nature’s majesty.

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    January 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM

  2. mark lee

    really nice.

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    January 27, 2015 at 5:13 PM

  3. Amy

    Stunning shots of this majestic place. Thank you so much for taking us there, Michael!

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    January 27, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    • You’re welcome Amy. I didn’t realize until I went thru these images how diverse Sequoia really is!

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      January 27, 2015 at 8:52 PM

  4. Lovely photos. I’ll have to go some day. How long did it take you to hike up and back Mt. McKinley?

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    January 27, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    • Thanks Katelon. As a backpack trip we took 3 days but as a day hike, we started at 3am and finished around 6pm. 22 miles total with an elevation gain of over 6,000 feet.

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      January 27, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      • Wow…that is quite a long day of hiking!!!

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        January 27, 2015 at 8:56 PM

  5. Amazing photos! I would like to go there some day. One more on a list that keeps getting longer. 🙂

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    January 28, 2015 at 6:26 AM

  6. Your beautiful images warm up my heart. I have been numerous times at the Sequoia Park for camping at the one of the pristine lakes. Each time being there my heart sunk into happiness with the glory of it’s nature.

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    January 29, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    • I remember Cornelia during my college days when I worked in Sequoia and we camped out under the stars at Pear Lake. Just as I was falling asleep, I opened my eyes and standing right above and next to me was a deer. I had trouble sleeping after that!

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      January 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      • what a beautiful experience you’ve had, thank you for sharing. I remember seeing from the campground the entire sky filled with all the stars above me, it was so magic to me, I will never forget.

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        January 29, 2015 at 10:23 PM

  7. Lots of awesome nature revealed – thanks very much. Thom

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    February 18, 2015 at 1:37 AM

  8. Stunning photos! They gave me heart flutters.

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    November 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

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