October 2016 Free Wallpaper

The image for October 2016 Free Wallpaper comes from the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest east side of the Sierras in California. This is an image of a Bristle-cone Pine tree of the Shulman Grove. They are the oldest living organism on the planet. The Bristle-Cone known as Methuselah tree is dated at 4,848.

Elder

The tree above is of course not Methuselah, the exact location of the tree has been removed from public record. This was done to protect it from people damaging it by taking a piece of it as a keep sake.

My short visit to the grove was really amazing. I had been wanting to visit for many years, and during a recent trip I was able to make it happen thanks to a great friend of mine Elisabeth Barton. She is part of Echo Adventure Cooperative, a coop for adventure guides in the Yosemite area. On your next trip to California you need to visit their site to book your next adventure.

She and I took the shorter Discovery Trial, at the Shulman Grove. The However being above 10k feet it still royally kicked my a$$! But being up there and near these amazing trees was well worth it. To touch them and feel how dense they are and to think about how old they are and still living and growing.

One of the things that I love about photography is being able to share the things that inspire and fill me with awe. Even though the images I capture do not do justice, I hope to share at least a small glimpse, of my experience.

 

April Free Wallpaper!

Its about DAMN! time. I am very late with April’s free wallpaper due to a lack of broadband wifi, but thanks to a coffee chain I am able to upload the wallpaper.

This scene was along the hike to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia in Yosemite National Park.

This scene was along the hike to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia in Yosemite National Park.

I was able to capture this image on the way back out from the grove. It had started to sleet and rain, so I got some shelter from a tree and set up my camera and got this photo. Of course these are not giant sequoia, that image is on the way.

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Thanks.