Yosemite Park Visit

I am on a visit to US and went to conduct Holy Qurbana at St. George Orthodox Church, San Francisco. I was taken by Mr. Joy to visit Yosemite Park near San Francisco. A brief discription of the park is given below.

Yosemite National Park (jˈsɛmɨt/ yoh-SEM-it-ee) is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2)and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.

Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet (648 to 3,997 m) and contains five major vegetation zones: chaparral/oak woodland, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, subalpine zone, and alpine. Of California’s 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There is suitable habitat or documentation for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy.

The geology of the Yosemite area is characterized by granitic rocks and remnants of older rock. About 10 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada was uplifted and then tilted to form its relatively gentle western slopes and the more dramatic eastern slopes. The uplift increased the steepness of stream and river beds, resulting in formation of deep, narrow canyons. About 1 million years ago, snow and ice accumulated, forming glaciers at the higher alpine meadows that moved down the river valleys. Ice thickness in Yosemite Valley may have reached 4,000 feet (1,200 m) during the early glacial episode. The downslope movement of the ice masses cut and sculpted the U-shaped valley.

The 1,189 sq mi (3,080 km2) park is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island and contains thousands of lakes and ponds, 1,600 miles (2,600 km) of streams, 800 miles (1,300 km) of hiking trails, and 350 miles (560 km) of roads.[8] Two federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Merced and the Tuolumne, begin within Yosemite’s borders and flow westward through the Sierra foothills, into the Central Valley of California. Annual park visitation exceeds 3.5 million, with most visitor use concentrated in the seven-square mile (18 km2) area of Yosemite Valley (information courtesy Wikipedia).

Few pictures and videos

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Few videos

An Advise to the Association Ch. Priest

DemoCrazy (no spelling mistake!) advises the priest of Jacobite Association Church (Puthencruz) to learn from the the word of Yahweh than from the Police. Watch this!

Again from my Garden

They keep my sanity

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A Prayer Meeting in Powai, Mumbai

I attended a prayer meeting at the residence of Mrs. Santha George, in Powai, Mumbai organized by St. Paul’s Church, Powai

New Lady Secretary at Peechi

Mrs. Mariamma Pathrose (chief accountant of Peechi co-operative bank), is the newly elected secretary of St. George Orthodox Church, Peechi, Thrissur diocese. Ms. Mariamma is wife of Mr. Pathrose Puthiyamadom (Rtd. Controlling inspector KSRTC) and is the mother of three children. The older one, Nimmi is teaching at M.D. College, Pazhanji and the other two are students.

From My Garden

These are fresh from my garden and I am happy that they make me happy

Summer time Meets

We in the diocese had several meets during the past few weeks. Pictures from some of them.

We elected a new Council for the Diocese. Since we could not elect any woman as per the constitution, I nominated the secretary of Vanitha Samajam and another woman who is serving as the local government body (Taluk Panchayat) president to the council.

The meeting:

We had our Priests’ Family Meet: Host and his family:

A Skit with a father, doctor (wife of the father in real life) and a nurse (wife of another priest working in UK) with a sick child. For a classical recital by two grand children of the hosting priest (seen beside) go to:


Other pictures

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An Evening with the Camping children of Sunday School at our Camp site

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