Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901
The photos: Hech Hechy Reservoir, 40 miles from Yosemite Valley, and part of the park. In the 1920s, Hech Hechy Valley, which rivaled its famous neighbor in spectacular beauty, was flooded by the creation of a dam to provide a municipal water source for San Francisco.
White birch and Giant Sequoias