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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cathedral of the High Sierra

Hiking along the rim trail of Lake Tahoe I came across this grove of trees that evoked for me a spiritual sense of the wonder and awe of the High Sierra Mountains. It reminded me of the great cathedrals of Europe in that, interspersed among the living trees, were stone-like spiral towers. For me this picture communicates that life, death, heaven and earth are all one.

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Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Rampart, California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Joseph Sandford