100 Days of National Parks: Day 49 – Sequoia Foothills, Sequoia National Park

Sequioa Foothills

Put simply, I love the southern approach to Sequoia National Park. The road through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada follows the Kaweah River up from Lake Kaweah through golden hills dotted with oak and chaparral, winding along ever upward toward the jutting dome of Moro Rock, the landscape changing with each mile. For miles prior to reaching the Foothills Visitor center, you transition from the rich farmlands of the central valley into rock-strewn hills and eventually turn the corner to the most amazing vistas along the Kaweah valley.

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Sequoia Foothills

 

Sequioa Foothills
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Put simply, I love the southern approach to Sequoia National Park.  The road through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada follows the Kaweah River up from Lake Kaweah through golden hills dotted with oak and chaparral, winding along ever upward toward the jutting dome of Moro Rock, the landscape changing with each mile.  For miles prior to reaching the Foothills Visitor center, you transition from the rich farmlands of the central valley into rock-strewn hills and eventually turn the corner to the most amazing vistas along the Kaweah valley.

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 38 – Acorn Woodpecker, Sequoia National Park

Autumn Woodpecker

Sometimes the best shots come at the most unexpected times. I was on my way out of Sequoia National Park on my last day there in 2012, having packed up my camp at the Potishwa Campground near the Foothills Visitor Center when I saw a flash to my left and looked out my window to see this lovely acorn woodpecker land on a nearby oak tree. I stopped the car and threw on a long lens, and managed to snap this shot in the few seconds before he took off for another oak further in the campground.

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Acorn Woodpecker

Autumn Woodpecker
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Sometimes the best shots come at the most unexpected times.  I was on my way out of Sequoia National Park on my last day there in 2012, having packed up my camp at the Potishwa Campground near the Foothills Visitor Center when I saw a flash to my left and looked out my window to see this lovely acorn woodpecker land on a nearby oak tree.  I stopped the car and threw on a long lens, and managed to snap this shot in the few seconds before he took off for another oak further in the campground.

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