John's Nature Pictures

The Great Western Divide

This mighty mountain range is not a part of the Sierra Crest, but runs parallel to it. Indeed, from the San Joaquin Valley these mountains are the reason why you can't see Mt Whitney. This obviously wintertime view was obtained from a secret hill in Giant Forest. See how the trees on the left all have rounded tops, and the trees on the right are pointy? The pointy trees are normal trees, and they're growing up on a hill. The rounded trees are Giant Sequoia Trees. They live down by the meadow, where the ground is very moist. They are actually very much taller than the pointy trees.

Picture #059 -  copyright © 1995 by John Sherman


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