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Elizabeth Hahn
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Photographer, Photowalker, lover of cows - with a wacky sense of humor.
Photographer, Photowalker, lover of cows - with a wacky sense of humor.

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Tom is awesome!! What a great charity to support!
#NYCMarathon2018 #TeamforKids - Fundraising appeal

Dear friends and fellow G+ peeps,

I'm running the New York City Marathon this November, and will be running in support of the Team for Kids charity. This is in keeping with my promise to support a charity with each marathon going forward. Team for Kids is an amazing organization for the assistance they provide to improve kids' lives, and I would so greatly appreciate your help in reaching my goal to support them.

Below is the link to my donation page where you can read my rambling about running, and more details on the Team for Kids organization. Donation in any amount is graciously accepted.

I want to thank you all for your support so far. You will be with me on the race both in thoughts and on the singlet. As you can see, there are still plenty of room for additional names, so I hope you'll consider supporting this cause. :)

Thank you! 🙏

Tom

https://runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/62571
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Sometimes you look out your window and there's a vulture a few feet away....

https://emhahn.com/2018/09/turkey-vulture-cathartes-aura/
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A couple weeks after the fact... but I finally had the time to write up about the #DonnellFire.

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Double Dome Rock

This is another view from last week's trip to see the #DonnellFire. I found this interesting because it shows 2 completely different burn behaviors. In the foreground there was just low level burning. Some of the manzanita, and other low grasses and plants were burned, but the trees are all fine. (the snag in the middle left was dead before the fire).

But the middle section of the hill in the background was where the big wind/fire even swept through. It's hard to see through the smoke, but trees are just gone. All that's left are stumps, in some cases, just holes where the stump burned all the way to the roots underground.

#MountainMonday +Mountain Monday +Michael Russell
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This morning my dad and I drove up to see what the #DonnellFire left. I've seen a lot of fires, but this was an odd one. It behaved differently than most in the area, which is what made it such a challenge. One of the commanders at the first community meeting had also been at the Santa Rosa fire last year - and he said this was worse. Like the #CarrFire this also spawned firenados, and it was clear where the fire went from sleepy and smouldering to an intense, fast moving fire.

This photo is from the tail end of the big firenado runs. It moved 5 miles in under 3 hours! Just to the west it took out dozens of cabins, and a great old general store and campground that was nearly 100 years old. In total 135 cabins and buildings were lost.

I don't normally geotag my photos, but this is approximately the view of the photo https://www.google.com/maps/@38.3407015,-119.8001896,3a,41.7y,148.56h,94.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIrBDDncwmt8Q2qJbBvB_RQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
It's a bit different looking now!

Just on the other side of the far ridge is the Bennett Juniper - the largest juniper in the United States. It's HUGE. And it's old, more than 3000 years old. While helped by being in an open flat, the tree received extra protection from the fire because of it's status.

For all of the destruction, there were already many signs of normalcy. There were chipmunks running all over gathering seeds from the lodgepole pinecones - they need intense fire to open. Woodpeckers and nutcrackers were also busy. In many of the areas the fire burned normally - it cleared out the undergrowth and duff, leaving the trees to live on. The other areas where the fire was more intense will need more time. In the meantime the views have opened up, and the fascinating rock formations are now visible. I look forward to seeing the forest develop post-fire.

The ridge in the background is unnamed, but the basalt formation on the right edge is part of Column of the Giants. ( https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/stanislaus/recarea/?recid=15071 )

#MountainMonday +Mountain Monday +Michael Russell
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Mt Dana & Mt Gibbs

I frequently stop at this little lake - it's hard to resist. At least until you get out and immediately have a multitude of mosquitoes land on you!

It is a beautiful spot though with lovely views of these two peaks. Nestled between the two is the headwaters of the Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River.

#MountainMonday +Mountain Monday +Michael Russell
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This is a throwback post for #MountainMonday - something I found on my phone from a couple winters ago. It looks so much more refreshing than the hot, humid, smokey I have today.

#MountainMonday #TinyFormat +Mountain Monday +Michael Russell
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Lone Pine Peak

I sometimes feel bad for this peak, it's often passed up by people so focused on it's neighbor, Mt. Whitney. But it's really beautiful on it's own and still quite high at 12,949ft (3947m).

This was shot shortly after sunrise in the Alabama Hills.

#MountainMonday +Mountain Monday led by +Michael Russell

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