Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Yosemite

photo of the week for Saturday, 2008, October 18
Photographer: Kurt Repanshek

Tenacious. That pretty much sums up the junipers that somehow found purchase in cracks in the granite domes that you find along the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park. These trees have been hanging on for a long, long time in the granite landscape you can find across from Olmsted Point.

While it's amazing to gaze at these trees from the pullout at Olmsted Point, scampering up onto the granite for a close-up view of these trees is worth the added time. Only by doing so can you appreciate the twisted limbs, the worn and weathered bark, the sheer tenacity of these trees.

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