(c) 1940 Ansel Adams, Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite

A sequoia tree fell onto a Jeep at Sequoia National Park today, luckily nobody was inside. The owners of the vehicle had gone for a hike and heard the tree fall and it wasn’t until they returned to the car that they realized what happened.

Sadly, near the end of the same story it stated that the lone Jeffrey Pine that sat atop Sentinel Dome in Yosemite National Park fell sometime last week. The Jeffrey Pine, which was photographed by Ansel Adams in 1940 (inset picture), was not a tree at all, but more like a Yosemite landmark with the distinction of being “the most photographed tree in the world.” I am glad that I got a chance to photograph the Jeffrey Pine before it fell. Although the fallen tree will not be removed, Yosemite may never be the same.

What pisses me off, is where is the story of the Jeffrey Pine!? don’t want to read about Ben and JLo anymore! Why didn’t the Associated Press run a story about the Sentinel Dome Jeffrey Pine by itself and reveal its celebrated history to the world? It’s a shame and disappointment that the mass media did not do this story justice. However, as long as we remember the tree it will live in our memories and pictures forever.

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