Sequoia National Forest

This year my family went camping at Quail Valley camp grounds, just on the outer edge of the Sequoia National Forest. To get here you have to take a narrow windy road, and there’s only a few roads that go back to the cities. One major road through the park that takes you from Kernville through to Johnsondale, and up to Ponderosa. The landscape is quite interesting here at the start of several national forests and parks. The Sequoia National Forest connects to the Sequoia National Forest which stretches into the Kings Canyon National Park. Kings Canyon connects to the Sierra National Forest thats leads to Yosemite National Park. Still stretching north is the Stanisluas National Forest and Eldorado National Forest. Plus a couple more national forests as well. I would say its a 1,500 mile stretch of California that is all national parks. Beautiful landscape and unique geology. Also The Pacific Crest Trail goes through all of these places as well, and from what I’ve heard hikers say, its a great experience.

These pictures are from the Sequoia National Forest. The red plant is called a Snow Plant, or Sarcodes. It’s a parasitic plant that is more commonly found further north near Yosemite. This one here was found along the Trail of 100 Giants which is more central California. As far as I have seen there are usually no more than five of these plants. The first time I saw one it was newly emerging from the ground. This time they were tall enough to be noticed from a short distance making people walk up to them to check out the bright red plant.

The bottom four pictures are from a very lovely scenic campsite. Camp 2 is tucked up just past Johnsondale just a little ways from Ponderosa and Dome Rock.

The view looking north on top of Dome Rock was just amazing. Snowy caps in the beginning of June. Such a perfect view. It was hard to believe because everything south of Dome Rock had no snow.

The Needles to the east were a cool view as well.

The last six images were edited in PicsArt.

 

Flowers

One of my easiest subjects: flowers. They don’t really move as long as it’s not windy. The first two images are of a Vinca flower. I love the shade of violet/indigo that they are. I had never seen one before. The middle two images are of a California Poppy bushel. My first time photographing poppies, I’ve gotten a lot more detailed images over the years now. The bottom two images came from my cousin, and she asked of me to do anything I wanted with them. I used the last image in a different edit as well. She liked what I did with the images she sent me.

Ten Years

The tree from my old house. The poor thing just started dying over the years.

Below are some of my early images of the anger inside. My shirts were a bit spot on at the time. My favorite is the South Park goth kids. “What’s the point in caring when all it brings is pain?” My favorite shoes at the time were my DVS.

When I first started editing images and making art I was in a dark place. As such I made art that reflected that darkness I was feeling. Listening to Marilyn Manson and tons of other songs and artist that fit my mood while I was creating. I started with a lot of the images I was taking at the time with my best friends. After I shared my art work, I got a lot of positive feed back. So I continued and even made colorful renditions for other friends. Most of my first year was spend editing selfies, and friends pictures to make cool profile pictures. A lot of my person edits were very expressive creations. Creating art has helped with being able to express my depression, and a way to cope and get past things.

Succulents

At the end of April 2015 my neighbors grandma passed away. She gain some hens and chicks succulents that her grandma had for years. I had never seen anything them before.

Almost a month after she had them, my neighbor gave me a few as a way to celebrate her grandma’s life. She gave me 5 little plants. Did some quick research on what I could use to pot them. I ended up using some rocks and potting soil to start out with.

 

The first plants I have managed not to kill. Also the snow of winter didn’t freak them out either like it did my moon cactus. I was amazed at how easily they took to the soil. No issues, just water every other day, and they did great. I was amazed that they made it a year. Still as big as their mothers, but still alive and growing.

 

Seedum is another really easy succulent as well. My neighbor gave me a couple little bushels. I put them in one of my pots and it nearly over took the whole thing over the last year now. A couple months ago I noticed the seedum had some white on it. Which I first assumed to be bird poo. Then a couple weeks passed and I noticed more of the seedum turn white and develope flowers. The flowers indicate that its life cycle is over. The cool thing is when you pick the dead stuff off its still connected to the living part of the plant still.

 

This year my hens and chicks are now two years old in my care. I came out one day to see on my larger plants starting to grow upward in the center. It was at the start to the end of its life cycle. Over the next two to three weeks I watched two of my hends and chicks grow towards the sky. Then one day I noticed that it was starting to get flowers. It bloomed little pinkish white flowers. The bottom of the plant started losing color and turning brown. That was it, the life cycle over and any babies were replanted.