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June 25, 1863: Tenaya Lake

June 25, 2013

Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 116

Polemonium 01

Polemonium californicum at Tenaya Lake; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

[Today] we came on to Lake Tenaya, a most picturesque alpine lake, about a mile long and half a mile wide, of clear, cold, ice water, lying 8,250 feet above the sea. Its clear waters are very blue and very deep, no fish live in it, it is too high for the water to have air enough in it to support them. Scattered pines are around the lake, or grow in the crevices of the granite. Above rise domes of granite, many of them naked, while patches of snow lie around on every side. Of course it freezes every night.

Specimens collected: Ranunculus alismifolius var. alismellus; Ribes lacustre; Polemonium californicum; Phacelia hydrophylloides; Erysimum capitatum subsp. perenne; Carex raynoldsii; Lupinus covillei; Aquilegia formosa; Valeriana californica; Rumex paucifolius.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2013 2:55 pm

    A Tenaya Lake GigaPan:

  2. William H. Brewer permalink*
    June 25, 2013 4:47 pm

    Fantastic! Thanks for that!

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