My wife and I just returned from a great trip to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. We hiked among the big Sequoia trees, gained amazing views of the Great Western Divide and walked along cliff-trails that plunged 2,000ft to the valley floor. Our last day there we took a leisurely hike into Kings Canyon and found a clearing to sketch and read in. Among the sketches above are: Sphinx Mountain, Bucks Peak, Kristina reading and an old stump.
You see lots of fire damage throughout the parks – in fact, fire is a crucial element in the reproduction of Sequoia trees: the fire causes the giant tree’s tiny pinecones to release its seeds. I’m not sure what kind of tree this burned fellow is but I enjoyed sketching it.
The lower ramparts of Glacier Monument in Kings Canyon.