July 21, 2003

The Grizzly Giant

Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove -
33 ft. Diam. (Getty Museum)

Carleton E. Watkins
American,
Yosemite, California,
1861Albumen print
Dome-topped: 20 1/2 x 15 5/8 in

The tree was manifestly a very fine one, but we felt disappointed in regard to the apparent size. . . . On looking more attentively and minutely at the photograph, we discovered a group of men at the base of the tree! They were so small that at first, they had escaped notice, but being once seen their effect upon the picture was magical . . . and we felt that we looked indeed upon a grizzly giant.

Posted by Vanderleun at July 21, 2003 11:21 PM
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