… to an actual, honest-to-goodness, by-god semblance of Spring around here… By which I mean the average temperature has inched up a few degrees, on average… It’s still too cold for any extended time outdoors, without standing under anything less than a burning man celebration… But the spring astrophotography season is creeping ever closer. I can’t wait… Gonna try my hand at some DSO’s this year. That’s deep space objects, for those of you who don’t reside quite as far off-planet as I do. Meanwhile, a picture from the high plains of California’s Yosemite National Park… Just looking at it makes me thirsty… Advertisements
On this date in 1890, Yosemite National Park was established by Congress… …and they haven’t done a whole lot worth celebrating since that date… I know this is a gross generalization, and a complete misstatement of all the things that may have happened since then… but that’s the kind of malaise the current Congress has been inflicting us with, for what seems like forever!!! And now there are people who would undo even this rather grandiose (but necessary) design. It makes you want to weep…
… to one of my favorite places on the planet. On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an order granting the Yosemite Valley to the state of California, for “public use, resort, and recreation.” The Yosemite Land Grant of 1864 marked the first time the federal government set aside land specifically for preservation and recreational use. The land wasn’t designated as our first national park until later that same year.
… to the Yosemite Valley, set aside on this date for “public use, resort and restoration…” by Abraham Lincoln, in 1864. Though it wasn’t until 1872 that competing claims were voided, and Yosemite was declared the nation’s first National Park. Unless you’re Yellowstone National Park, which claims first honors. So, do we go by the date the land was set aside, or do we go with the date someone decided to call it a “national” park… Ultimately the argument is meaningless, pointless and less than important. What is important is that the land was set aside. And that it’s still there, for all to enjoy and be restored by. Go and see it while you still can. There are entirely too many people out there who want to see the land exploited, the benefit of their own personal-type pockets… All images by Moi.