June 13, 2007
Towering monarchs and towers aglow . . .


Here, sown by the Creator’s hand,
In serried ranks, the Redwoods stand;
No other clime is honored so,
No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth’s living forms,
Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;
Their challenge still unanswered rings,
Through fifty centuries of kings.

The nations that with them were young,
Rich empires, with their forts far-flung,
Lie buried now-their splendor gone;
But these proud monarchs still live on. . .

To be like these, straight, true and fine,
To make our world, like theirs, a shrine:
Sink down, Oh traveler, on your knees.
God stands before you in these trees.

-Joseph B. Strauss,
Builder of the Golden Gate Bridge

The last fleeting moment of the day's light is aglow on top the north tower. The photo was taken on the trail below Fort Miley, between Point Lobos and Lands End.


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