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National monuments–we all own them

On April 26 President Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of  the Interior to review National Monuments created within the past 20 years with an eye toward rescinding or downsizing them. The aim is to allow commercial development … Continue reading

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Space

View south from Monarch Divide, Kings Canyon National Park Standing on the crest of an 11-thousand foot ridge above the South fork of the Kings River, I look down toward the river, out of sight over 6,000 feet below. The … Continue reading

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“I Believe” with Jerry Lewis

In the 1960s or thereabouts I watched part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s fundraising telethon. One powerful moment I recalled this morning was of host and famous comedian Jerry Lewis holding a small child while singing the song by Ervin … Continue reading

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Wild goose and wayward wind

On a recent morning, from a bus on an elevated highway, I watched a formation of wild geese against the sky before they  slanted downward toward a feeding opportunity. I remembered a song I had heard when I was 10 or … Continue reading

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From mountains to grapes

My home town in California’s San Joaquin Valley is Exeter, west of Sequoia National Park. When we moved there the town prided itself as the Emperor Grape Capitol of the World. Now as then in the fall, vines are heavy … Continue reading

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Saddlebag Lake country

This post continues from the last one, on meadows and lakes north of Bennettville , north of Tioga Pass on the eastern boundary of Yosemite National Park. Above its precipitous descent toward Mono Lake, Lee Vining Creek flows in a … Continue reading

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Tioga Pass Landscape

The rocks and landscapes of the Sierra have many stories to tell. As old sediments and volcanic rocks were folded into mountain ranges 250-60 million years ago, rivers carved their valleys along the NNW-SSE folds. At roughly the same time, … Continue reading

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