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Yosemite National Park and Gaylor Peak Photographs July 31, 2017

Gaylor Peak (11,004′) and the Granite Lakes are easily reached from the parking area at the east entrance to Yosemite National Park: Park, then start walking uphill on the trail. There may not be an better way into the Yosemite High Country than along this route. Treeless, or nearly treeless alpine areas look a great deal like Arctic tundra, making this a fine way to see why many of us are fighting to save the beautiful Arctic, even if you cannot get there to see it for yourself. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)  has taken the utterly immoral and environmentally catastrophic position of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. This is part of the Republican tax break for millionaires bill expected to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the President next week (late December 2017). The Senator has claimed that sacrificing one of the last pristine areas on earth is justified by the opportunity to “create new wealth.” This depends, of course, on your definition of wealth, in this case a zero sum game in which more wealth for some means less wealth for others. More baseline (copyrighted) photographs follow documenting what it looked like before Murkowski and her ilk completed the destructive sequence of destroying the livability of the planet through increased carbon pollution.

View from the top

Lake at the base of Gaylor Peak

 

Gaylor Peak west face

Area around Granite Lakes

 

Frog in tiny pool in treeless area between the peak and Granite Lakes

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Yosemite National Park and Dana Plateau Photographs July 29 2017

It seems that the GOP (Grand Old Pederast) party had a bad night this week. Now that this latest outrage is sort of passed, time to go back to the world of beauty. The Dana Plateau sits on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, a high mesa, the top of which somehow  escaped glaciation. A moderately stressful hike to get up there on the trail; Bob Hare and I took the scenic route (no trail) but saw (while still below the Plateau) some remarkably wonderful areas. All that is missing from the Dana Plateau itself are remnant populations of Pleistocene megafauna seemingly appropriate for this Lost World. Choosing which of my photos to include here a difficult choice.

The route up; Dana Plateau on the left. Follow the obvious arroyo route to the mesa either in the arroyo itself or on the adjacent trail if it is not snowbound.

Flower meadow below Dana Plateau

First view after the climb up

The flat rocks tundra, scoured not by ice but by time and wind

At the edge

Climbing area “Third Pillar of Dana”

 

The author at the edge; Bob at a farther edge

More edge

Bob at the edge

Alpine flower bouquet

Another alpine flower bouquet–there were many of these

 

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Yosemite National Park and Dome Photographs July 28, 2017

For insight into the current political climate, take a look back at the year 2000 Ridley Scott movie, Gladiator. See if Emperor Commodus (d. 192 CE) reminds you of anyone in today’s less than stellar set of politicians.

Then, to make yourself feel better, check out this entry of my 2017 Yosemite photographs taken along the Tioga Road during an off-trail climb  north above Cathedral Creek with Bob Hare, seeking a view southwest toward Cathedral Peak. Destination was a dome visited by John Muir in 1901at 37° 53´44.06 N x 119°24´45.16 W.

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Yosemite National Park and Mono Pass Photographs July 27, 2017

There are now millions of climate change refugees worldwide, including thousands in the United States who have lost everything to floods, hurricanes or firestorms. Climate experts have indicated that such disasters are more likely than not to continue. This is one in a series showing places around Yosemite National Park that have, so far, escaped catastrophic events. Consider them as baseline documentation before inevitable future changes. Photos were taken summer 2017 on hiking/photography expedition with naturalist Bob Hare.

See: http://yosemitecathedral.blogspot.com for Bob’s photographs of this trip.

Photo copyright 2017 David L. Witt

Heading southeast and up towards top of Mono Pass

 

Lake at top of Mono Pass

 

East South East and down from Mono Pass into Bloody Canyon

 

Mono Lake in the distance

 

Looking up to Snow fields in Bloody Canyon–zig-zagged through the rocks to get around them

 

Lake in Bloody Canyon, named “Red Lake” by John Muir

 

Crimson Columbine/Aquilegia formosa  and Potentilla species in Bloody Canyon

 

Globe Penstemon/Penstemon globosus in Bloody Canyon

 

Glacial Tarn in Bloody Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Mountain Heather/Phyllodoce breweri

 

View down to Mono Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Bloody Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Bloody Canyon

 

Bob documenting old cabins just west of Mono Pass

 

 

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