There are nearby locations that provide me with needed solitude that lets me “get away”. Perhaps if I am lucky and try hard enough, even a photograph or two. One of these places is the meadow at the intersection of Wrights Lake Road and Forest Route 32, located in the Crystal Basin of the El Dorado National Forest.
What makes this location special to me is that even though in the non-winter months Wrights Lake is a busy campground, hiking, and lake destination, it is 2 miles away. The occasional passing car is typically 1/4-1/2 mile away and barely audible before the quiet returns. For this meadow, quiet means a few birds including hawks making their presence knows or the bubbling of the creek that flows through the meadow.
I have come alone to enjoy nature and the quiet. I have also come up to share a picnic while sitting on the wild grass or on folding camp chairs. The effect is the same – I leave more relaxed and refreshed.
Botany Notes: Corn lilies are also known by several other common names such as the Skunk Cabbage and the California False Hellebore. Found in moist areas (such as meadows) above 5,000 feet, the large football-sized leaves emerge once the snow melts, flowers in the summer, before the leaves turn brown and translucent by fall. The plant is poisonous and is known to cause birth defects in mammals such as sheep, cattle, and horses that eat the plant. Specific varieties are now in research as potential anti-cancer drugs.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 200mm, f/16, 0.6 sec
Wrights Lake (CA), Corn Lilies, Emerging Overlapping Leaves. Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA. May 31, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.