Giants

Sequoia National Park – Giant Forest

Technology such as it is, it’s not difficult to be amazed by what we’ve accomplished as a people. Some of it awe-inspiring, some of it reprehensible, but all of it remarkable in terms of scale and imagination and determination and grit.

It’s easy to forget where the inspiration for such accomplishments originates. Easy to think we’re original in our inclination towards the magnificent.

I had the good fortune recently to be awe-struck by the natural world. To feel small. To understand just how foolish my impatience is. And to know that ours is but a transitory existence…and despite the havoc we wreak, we’re just another layer of bark, another aberrant ring in the otherwise beautifully concentric tree of life.

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  • Yaya September 1, 2011, 10:01 am

    What beautiful photos. Nothing like the Giant Forest to give us perspective on just about everything! I’m so happy you all went. Next year, Nova Scotia!
    Much love,
    Mom/Yaya xx

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    • Jeb September 2, 2011, 8:31 am

      Yes moms…Nova Scotia is on the radar for sure.

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  • Keoni December 6, 2011, 9:33 pm

    I happened on this website through some philosophical quotes site, and I must say that you definitely read my mind. No matter what we do to this world or how powerful we may believe we are, we are not eternal. We will soon be gone, but the world will continue to turn.

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    • Jeb December 7, 2011, 7:43 am

      Hi Keoni,
      Let’s hope not too soon, eh? Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. Cheers…

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  • Joleen March 21, 2012, 11:13 am

    Just saw this - wonderful. May I suggest a trip to the Bristlecone Forest in the White Moutains of California. The oldest (age giant) one of these trees is there.

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    • Jeb March 22, 2012, 5:56 pm

      Wow Joleen, never heard of that forest. I’ll have to add it to the list. :)

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  • shannon June 1, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Jeb, I had a great time looking through your site and blog. I had no idea that you are such a talented artist. (I also feel like I know you now, much better than I did.) You have important and interesting things to say, and beautiful and relevant images to reveal. Please keep it up.

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    • Jeb June 1, 2012, 12:35 pm

      Well thank you Shannon, how nice of you to say so. I’ll be sure to do so. :)

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  • Joleen May 29, 2013, 11:47 am

    Hi, Jeb. A year ago, I suggested a visit to the Bristlecone Forest. Have you made it there yet? From the cold, windswept 12,000 foot height, one can view the Owens Valley about 8,000 feet below and the Sierra Nevada range across the valley. Joleen

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    • Jeb May 30, 2013, 8:14 pm

      Sadly, Joleen, no, I haven’t. But it’s on my radar…and that’s a start. Thanks for keepin’ me honest.

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