Hmm, observation selection is kind of broken.
August 5-7, 2012.
I guess I'd heard "high Sierras" in the parks' descriptions and gotten the impression that the whole area was up over 7000 feet and would have perfect weather midsummer, but that was not the case! The foothills and canyon were *blazingly* hot. I went in the (lovely green, breathakingly cold) Kings River and within two minutes of getting out was completely air-dried. Also surprisingly populated for a weekday trip; all the reserveable campsites were completely full and I slept "dispersed" in the conveniently-adjacent national forest.
Star-filled night sky.
View from Moro Rock.
White-throated swifts shooting noisily past at approx. mach 3.
Leavis Flat campground by a creek.