Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Today’s missive is in follow-up the announcement that the Mint will be cranking out more new quarters soon. 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites will be made as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarter Program. Arkansas will be first because Hot Springs National Park was first established as a national site on April 20, 1832, to conserve water from the 47 springs that flow from Hot Springs Mountain. Yellowstone will be second, then Yosemite in July. You might have seen the selected image for California – the view of El Capitan shown below.
Do you know where it came from? I wondered why that log was drawn in the foreground. Mr Half Dome has the answer – it is an almost exact representation of the scene that Bethany Gediman shot with her own camera. She is the wife of Yosemite Public Affairs head, Scott Gediman. Here is the color photo that was chosen. Nice job, Beth!
Save your pennies – you will be able to buy America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Sets, 100-coin bags, two-roll sets and silver bullion quarter-dollar coins. These will be exact duplicates of each of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The bullion coins will be made of .999 fine silver, have a diameter of three inches and weigh five ounces. Good luck jamming them into soda machines!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The whole wilderness seems to be alive and familiar, full of humanity. The very stones seem talkative, sympathetic and brotherly.” – John Muir 1869
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com