This was taken on September 10, 2015 at Nelder Grove in Oakhurst CA, just south of Yosemite National Park. Fortunately the rampant fires did not reach this lovely place. Each morning I look at this photo for sustenance, for sanity, after which I am ready for the day. I hope it brings you peace as well.
Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Lillian, Alabama. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions. View all posts by Jean Ryan