John Muir Tree, Yosemite
Photo by Andy Skinner
This image is of a 100+
foot tall Ponderosa Pine in Leidig Meadow in Yosemite Valley, across from
Rock climbers' legend says that Muir climbed this tree in 1869
during a lightning storm. However, it is extremely doubtful that Muir would
climb a tree during a lightning storm, despite the risks he often took
in mountain climbing. He was a risk-taker, but not stupid.
It is likely
that this doubtful legend is confusing the true
story of Muir climbing a Douglas Fir in 1874, far from Yosemite, up in the Yuba River country,
during a wind storm, not a lightning storm.
Andy Skinner took
this beautiful photo of the tree, Moonbeams Lance through the "John Muir
January 6, 2006.
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