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"One story tells that his father gave a 14-year-old Ansel (Adams) his first camera on a family trip to Yosemite in 1916. Adams had established himself as an artist, and he began using his photographs to advocate for conservation." Read more about nature photography in #KelseyLamberto's #GiantThoughts blog post http://blog.savetheredwoods.org/nature-photography-pretty-pictures-or-so-much-more. Photo by Martijn Dehing, Flickr Creative Commons.

"One story tells that his father gave a 14-year-old Ansel (Adams) his first camera on a family trip to Yosemite in 1916. Adams had established himself as an artist, and he began using his photographs to advocate for conservation." Read more about nature photography in #KelseyLamberto's #GiantThoughts blog post http://blog.savetheredwoods.org/nature-photography-pretty-pictures-or-so-much-more. Photo by Martijn Dehing, Flickr Creative Commons.

Yosemite

Have always wanted to go to Yosemite. The colors here are phenomenal half-dome sunset, yosemite national park

****The Donner Pass Summit Tunnel Hike is one of the best hikes I have been on in a long time, just for the shear fact that it is so historic and unique. the entire hike is pretty much walking through an old abandoned railroad tunnel that has been over run with graffiti but is still …

Donner Pass, Summit Tunnel Hike: Old Abandoned Railroad

The Donner Pass Summit Tunnel Hike is historic and unique. The entire hike is a walk through an old abandoned railroad tunnel in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Sacramento: Old Town - good info here on the historic eight-block section of downtown with businesses. Spend the day shopping, eating, and visiting museums, historic buildings.

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, and avalanches; but he cannot save them from fools—only Uncle Sam can do that."

John Muir's 1897 Case for Saving America's Forests

GiantThoughts: The anniversary of conservationist, John Muir's death is Dec. In honor of this conservation legend, DeborahZierten highlights a few of amazing things he did and the beautiful places named after him.

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