John's Nature Pictures

Upper Basin

There is so much grass growing up here there is not enough land to hold it all. So it's growing in the creeks and tarns. Here Peak 12,851' is reflected as well as it can through the grass.

The amount of grass seen today in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is just a hint of what was here before the sheep-herders came in. The grass was reportedly as tall as a man, but then the sheep ate it all, and trampled the ground. The mountains will probably never recover.

Picture #372 -  copyright © 2006 by John Sherman


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