The latest visit to Sequoia National Park was in 2022. 61 years earlier Karsten’s parents drove through this majestic forest. Nothing seemed to have changed since. Sequoias standing at the same place pictures were taken long ago.
Nevertheless things have changed. A giant part of the large forest disappeared due to big fires.
“We drove miles and miles through the burned forests. No one, nor flora nor fauna survives this kind of heat.
It was a unique and lonely feeling, to see this kind of loss is a disaster.
I could not avoid to scream into myself over and over. We stopped and walked a few yards entering the scene. Even month after firemen bravely faught the apocalypse avoiding the fire to spread into Sequoia sanctuaries, dust as weightless as no gravity holds it surrounded our bodies marking our cloth with fine black coal pearls. And everywhere black, dark black as far as the eye could see.”
And yet, a glimpse of hope appears between rocks and dust, tiny green leaves, the new fores generation shows itself, shy, but determined to take over.