• Kevin Esser

Sequoia NP

Approximately a six hours drive from Las Vegas towards west brought us to the Sequoia National Park. This park is famous for it's name giving Giant Sequoia Trees. They grow to an average height of 50 - 85 m (164 - 279 ft). We were for sure impressed by these huge trees. Also we were happy to see some animals as well. We even saw a Black Bear, but because of the light condition in the forest during the mid of a sunny day and the long distance, we only got low quality proof shots. It was a very nice experience to observe a bear in the wild anyway.


Sequoiadendron giganteum - Giant Sequoia Trees
Sequoiadendron giganteum - Giant Sequoia Trees
Ursus americanus - American Black Bear
Ursus americanus - American Black Bear
Happy Couple with travel mascot "Cosima"
Happy Couple with travel mascot "Cosima"

While hiking some trails a bit more off track, we found a cute and nicely colored Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans) baby, some fascinating invertebrates and a Striped Whipsnake (Masticophis taeniatus).


Thamnophis elegans vagrans - Wandering Garter Snake
Thamnophis elegans vagrans - Wandering Garter Snake
Wandering Garter Snake - portrait
Wandering Garter Snake - portrait

Danaus plexippus - Monarch, caterpillar
Danaus plexippus - Monarch, caterpillar
Aphonopelma sp. - Tarantula
Aphonopelma sp. - Tarantula
Stagmomantis californica - California Mantis
Stagmomantis californica - California Mantis
Masticophis taeniatus - Striped Whipsnake
Masticophis taeniatus - Striped Whipsnake