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The mountains are singing

News radio is abuzz about high water in Yosemite Valley from the snowmelt above. We’ve had a bumper snow year and the mountains are singing. Water and spray are everywhere below the snowline, watering fresh new vegetation. I’ve been in … Continue reading

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The quiet of the mountains

With all that’s going on in national politics and world news, it’s a welcome break to spend some time in the quiet of the winter mountains. The Sierra has been getting lots of snow this year, so it’s time to … Continue reading

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Persian New Year–the rebirth of nature

      It’s spring! In the high Sierra plants spring from the ground as soon as the snow leaves it. The Persian culture celebrates the new year at the spring equinox, the beginning of spring. The name for this … 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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Marsh Marigolds

Several years ago in early summer a friend and I backpacked eastward over the Sierra Crest from the northern Yosemite Park backcountry. Just over 10,200 foot Summit Pass we came to a tiny stream melting from a snowbank. Tender new … Continue reading

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