Clouds over Fiske and Huxley
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, California, 2013
All the major peaks in Evolution Basin are named for the 19th-century philosophers and naturalists who were the early proponents of evolution, especially by natural selection. John Fiske offered a philosophical interpretation of Darwin's work through many books and essays, including Excursions of an Evolutionist. Thomas Huxley, a comparative anatomist, was nicknamed "Darwin's Bulldog" and is well known for promoting in an 1860 debate at Oxford the viability of evolution. I made this image near the summit of Mount Spencer, named for Herbert Spencer, the English philosopher who coined the phrase "survival of the fittest.". Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.