The signs as national parks
  • Aries:Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Taurus:Yosemite National Park
  • Gemini:Grand Canyon National Park
  • Cancer:Olympic National Park
  • Leo:Yellowstone National Park
  • Virgo:Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Libra:Everglades National Park
  • Scorpio:Glacier National Park
  • Sagittarius:Hot springs National Park
  • Capricorn:Death Valley National Park
  • Aquarius:Sequoia National Park
  • Pisces:Crater Lakes National Park

Giant sequoias need fire. Not only does it help release seeds from their cones, it clears out lesser trees and gives mature trees and seedlings alike the space and light they need to thrive.

Like many parts of the west, the Mariposa Grove burned regularly throughout most of these trees’ 3,000 year history (and before, I imagine, with other trees). Then white people showed up and decided, from coast to coast, that fires were bad and we must put all of them out.

This Smoky the Bear attitude had some pretty obvious effects. Here’s one grove of trees photographed in 1890, 1970, and 2000, the last being after prescribed burns were instituted.

Those pines obscuring most of the sequoias in the middle picture would choke out the ancient giants without occasional fires, completely changing the nature of the local ecosystem. It’s not safe nowadays to just let natural fires burn unchecked, not with so many people around, but controlled burns are a great tool in forest management. Prairies and savannas, too - those incredibly diverse grasslands aren’t just disappearing due to loss of space to agriculture, but also because no one’s letting them burn or maintaining them with fire. Fear it, but use it.


“Get to know a little bit about your follower” challenge lmaoo

Name: sequoia.
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First thing you do in the morning: I read my horoscope.
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There are no words to adequately describe what this past week has been or what it has meant to me. Being completely and utterly immersed in nature, surrounded by towering sequoias, trickling streams, booming waterfalls (higher than the Empire State Building), deer, squirrels, campfires, second hand books, sunsets on cliff faces, moonlight and mountaintops.

The only thing that could ease my broken heart at leaving this sanctuary of verdant, bountiful semi-wilderness is the flight I’m about to board, taking me to the place that makes my soul equally as happy. I’ll be seeing you soon New York 💛 (at Glacier Point, Yosemite)


Hey guys!! This is my song “Paths” that I wrote last month for/about my friends who graduated this year!! 

It would mean a lot to me if you would check it out reblog it :)

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