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Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park mega-sequence ...

Kings Canyon & Sequoia were so spectacular they merited five folders:

Kings Canyon National Park - General Grant sequoia grove

Boyden Cave - entrance of Kings Canyon and Boyden Cave

Boyden Cave, Pt. 2 - Boyden Cave & South Fork of Kings River

Waterfalls of Kings Canyon - Roaring and Grizzly Falls

Sequoia National Park - a trip up the mountain to the Giant Forest and General Sherman tree, largest living thing on the Earth


Don't take any comfort in the stock market going up.  For the sake of the planet's health and humankind's future it is best that capitalism & consumerism & greed & gluttony die.  Don't shop.  Don't spend.  Don't waste.  Don't pollute.  

Live differently.  

The remarkable thing about this world is not that there are humans and that humans are intelligent and tool-making animals.  What is remarkable about this planet is that it is alive.  There's no problem with intelligence and tool-making so long as the planet remains alive, but unfortunately the humans seem intent upon destroying, despoiling and polluting everything.  It seems that humans think that there is only space on this Earth for humankind alone.  

This is not a healthy nor a sustainable manner of life for a species.  Under such circumstances, since it is nearly impossible for Nature to die, what must inevitably happen is that the species which is at war with Nature must go extinct.  Extinction is, of course, the natural fate of all species ... as natural and inevitable as death for the individual.  

So humankind's behavior isn't changing the outcome of humankind's existence at all.  What humankind has done is merely accelerate the process.  The rocket shines so bright only because it exhaust its fuel at an extremely fast rate, hence the rocket doesn't shine for very long.  In the same sense, humankind dominates the Earth for a brief moment and then our species wipes itself out and Nature moves on.  

There is a way for animals to survive for millions of years on the Earth -- see, for example, the dolphin manner of life -- and there is a way for an animal to push itself over the cliff to immediate extinction.  Humans have chosen this second path and unfortunately the damage which humans have done to the Earth preclude a return to that other path, the path to long-term survival.  

Of course, humans don't really care whether the species survives much longer beyond our own individual life span.  Humans are victims of our own short-term thinking.  

So don't blame Nature for what is going to happen in the coming decades and centuries.  Humans have chosen a dead-end path and we're going to follow it to its tragic conclusion.  

David Mathews

Originally posted to dmathew1 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 01:40 PM PDT.

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  •  I still remember the line in the sky (1+ / 0-)
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    between the brown pollution and blue sky as you went up out of the valley into the mountains

    and the tan, brown and black (from burned areas) in the valley..... (THIS is a critical center for agricultural production?)

    Air quality in Kings Canyon/Sequoia was 'poor' the whole time we were there..... and pine beetles were doing substantial damage once you got into the forested zones....

    The true irony is that over 100 years of logging in Kings Canyon - toppling some of the largest trees ever to grow - NO logging company EVER made a profit.

  •  Don't worry about the earth... (1+ / 0-)
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    the earth is going to be fine. And us? We are all consigned to death anyway. There is joy in that understanding. (Not to be a total downer.)

  •  We were there in January. (2+ / 0-)
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    earicicle, UtopianPablo

    It was really distressing how little snow there is this year. Generals Highway was open from Grant Grove to Giant Forest - it should've been under several feet of snow.

    Partisanship is good. Just say no to ". . . [t]he mushy, cowardly middle, one that never stands for anything too much or critiques anything too loudly." (kos)

    by Orange County Liberal on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 01:59:04 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the beautiful pix, and for reminding (1+ / 0-)
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    bruised toes

    me of fond memories. I shared a wonderful trip there back in the mid-90s with a special friend. Two beautiful parks. My neck hurt from craning up to look at the trees! And Kings Canyon is simply spectacular.

    Thanks for letting me take some deep breaths and exhale and smile to your pix. As I think of my special friend and what we shared many years ago. From 3000 miles away!

    Sweet are the uses of adversity...Find tongues in the trees, books in the brooks, and good in everything. -Shakespeare, As You Like It.

    by earicicle on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 02:10:32 PM PDT

  •  Mnnnn... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Zumwalt Meadow.
    What an awesome place, thanx for reminding me.

  •  Don't shop. Don't spend. (1+ / 0-)
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    Don't shop.  Don't spend.  Don't waste.  Don't pollute


    You might as well enjoin us to all stop breathing.

    I prefer simply:

    Don't waste.  Don't pollute

  •  Great pictures (0+ / 0-)

    I was in King's Canyon for a reserved, week-long backpack a few years ago but we skipped because the air quality was so bad; went north to the Emigrant Wilderness instead.  There were forest fires around but it was mostly just pollution from the San Franciso area stacking up against the mountains, accd to the rangers.  They said this is the second most polluted national park, air quality wise. Pretty sad.

    Still, it's a beautiful place and I hope to return when they hopefully have clearer skies.

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