Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WILD WEST A LA "TRUE GRIT"

Surprise!  A spur-of-the-moment post here before I hit the concrete jungles of NYC on Thursday.  I finally got to see the Coen Brother's "True Grit" last night.  Have you seen it?  Excellent storytelling, characteristic of the Coens, with charming visuals of the western wilderness.

It reminded me of my wanderings in the Sequoia National Forest 2 weekends ago.  These first ones were taken on the car trip home.  They resembled "True Grit's" barren but picturesque landscapes.


Taken at 70 mph from the car

Taken at 70 mph from the car

The trek to Tokopah Falls in the Sequoia National Forests had a different flavor.  The black bears (yes, we saw bear cubs and more!) and we enjoyed verdant shade and cool creeks from the melting snow.

Nature's Sculptures
Sequoia National Forest

Manmade sculpture by inspired hiker?
Sequoia National Forest
Mossy creeks from melting snow on the path to Tokopah Falls
Sequoia National Forest


Bare limbs offset by lush forestry
Sequoia National Forest

Nature's Picture Frame
from inside a fallen, giant sequoia
Lodgepole, Sequoia National Forest

That was a photo-heavy.  I just had to share my awe.  Soon, the NYC streets will inspire a different kind of awe!  I am so looking forward to seeing family, friends, and doing my favorite things in my old habitat.

Let me know how your summers are going.  I really love getting to know you all!


37 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics!

    Am looking forward to your bowler hat post!

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  2. love it! so beautiful

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  3. This looks lovely! NYC is not too bad right now.. Warm and humid but not horrible yet.. Hahaha next month it will...

    All the best, Angel

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  4. They are indeed awe inspiring. Beautiful shots. Thank you for my lovely welcome home. Maude is not a model. She could be, I agree she is very special. Xxxx

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  5. great photos..love the shape of the tree in the 3rd photo...have to see true grit!!saw winter's bone the other day..it was a good film

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  6. Lovely pictures! So fresh!

    Have fun in NYC!

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  7. Amazing photos !!!! The last pic is so beautiful !

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  8. Beautiful photos. I love those ones taken from the car.

    Lee
    x

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  9. 'Awe' is definitely the right word for the feeling inspired by these photos. In fact, the 3rd one transported me back to being aged three and a half on a family trip to CAlifornia when we invited to camp in the middle of a forest. I had the sudden recollection (looking at your photo) of standing looking up into the trees and then being told that I must always be sure to stay with the grown ups and not wander off anywhere by myself as there were predatory animals in the woods! (I wonder what they would have been?)

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  10. This looks amazing <3
    Makes me think of my holidays in Austria with my family :')

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  11. Amazing photos! Can't really choose one favourite...

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  12. Wonderful pictures, I really like the first and the last picture.

    Haven't seen "True Grit" and I don't know if I will. Guess time will tell.

    Have a safe trip.

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  13. OMG,amazing shots!!!Love them all,thanks for sharing!
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  14. thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  15. Idid't see the movie but these are amazing pictures! I've been there 3 years ago and I loved the park!!
    xx
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  16. Thank you, everyone.
    @Roz - Your youth absolutely delights me. I can't believe you have memories as a 3-yr old. And we in the blog world are thankful that no predators found you a tasty morsel.
    @Songbird - I haven't seen Winter's Bone yet, but it sounds like the kind of spunky young heroine I like! It's a lot more intense than True Grit, which has the Coen sense of humor and wonder in it.

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  17. These pictures are beautiful!
    I love nature so much.


    I'm following you back. See you aroung.

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  18. really like that you can across that tree and then the manmade rock pile. thanks for stopping by

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  19. Gorgeous. You take great pictures.


    xx
    Heel in Mint
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  20. Wow, absolutely beautiful :)))

    LOVE minnja

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  22. oh gosh these images are hauntingly beautiful...I definitely want to be there xxx

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  23. Amazing photos, gorgeous scenery!! <3
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  24. Beautiful photography! I've not seen True Grit yet - been meaning to for ages and never got around to it. Must finally check it out. Hope you're having a fab time in NYC. I'm heading there this Fall and can't wait!

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  25. Aaaahhh! Stunning photos! I wish it was Summer here already :| xx

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  26. Such beautiful nature! I agree, the Coen Brother's films nature shots are incredible.
    Hope you have a great time in NY!

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  27. havent seen it but might do!lovely photos xx

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  28. always amazed by your wonderful photos. these landscapes are stunning... can't wait to see your photos from NYC! :)

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  29. I feel so much more alive just by looking at the photos. Thanks for sharing them and feel free to drop by me too, soon.

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  30. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I love all the photos on thefoolishaesthete. Really lovely!

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