Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On The Road (Part 1) - Sequoia & King's Canyon NP (2014)

I recently took a trip to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park (the two parks are connected). I had a great time photographing many scenery and enjoying the beauty of nature both inside the two national parks and out in Sequoia National Forest. Through this chain of blog posts, I will be showing photos of natural scenery, mountains, meadows, forests, wildlife, and the wonderful trees of the parks. I will also be giving some travel advice into the park as I know some of you viewers are probably looking at this to try to plan a trip to the parks. In these parks, is one of the world's largest species of trees, the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). I will also have a few photos of the world's most massive tree the General Sherman Tree in blog posts to come. I hope you enjoy this chain of blog posts!

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Today I show you photos from day one. These photos will include some shots on my drive to the park, and some photos from Three Rivers, CA (as that is where I stayed for the night). I have photos of farms, Lake Kaweah, one photo from inside Sequoia National Park, and cacti. 

First photo is shot on SR-245 in Exeter, CA. I thought the long highway looked very nice with farm fields on both sides. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 21 31 N 119 06 45 W  

A black and white process of the photo above.  

 This next shot was shot in Woodlake, CA. I thought the rock formations on the mountain side looked very nice. I would have crossed the highway to frame the highway out of the photo, but those trees in the field were too high for me to do that. I also thought the rural house and barn in the distance looked very nice. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 24 42 N 119 03 47 W  


These next few photos were shot at approximately the same location is of Lake Kaweah in Lemon Cove, CA. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 24 26 N 118 59 47 W  

Another photo of Lake Kaweah. 

 If you take a close look, you can see that California is in serious drought right now. You can see where the water level used to be, and on the far left, you can see the orange floating thing that they keep in lakes, but now half of the devices is on dry land. The dry lake also seems to have turned an island on the far shoreline into a peninsula. 


Here is a photo inside Sequoia National Park at a turnout on Generals Highway (SR-198). I then headed back out to Three Rivers, CA because my parents wanted to check out a less traveled area of the park (Mineral King Road). The view on that road was okay. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 29 53 N 118 49 09 W


So back out of the park in Three Rivers, CA, as I drove up Mineral King Road, saw a lot of species of cacti planted outside a home. I decided to stop for some photos as they were pretty. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 36 28 15 N 118 51 25 W

Another cactus photo.  


More photos of the cacti. 

These are all the photos for today. Next time I have more photos from Mineral King Road, the rest of my photos from day 1. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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