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The Giant Sequoia Tree - Nature's Largest Living Thing

If you have never seen one it is quite a site to behold. The Giant Sequoia tree is truly a marvel of nature. The tree can grow to a height of over 300 feet and some can have a diameter of over 30 feet at their base. Some Giant Sequoias are known to be over 3,200 years old making them among the oldest living organisms on the planet.

The trees have are only found in their natural environment in the western Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Experimental plantings have been started in places such as Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont, but of course none of these trees even comes close to the size of the ones you will find in California.

I have had the privilege to see the Grizzly Giant in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park and it is incredible. The base measures 28 feet in diameter and the first branch on the tree is about 100 feet up and is 6 feet in diameter. Here are some pictures of Giant Sequoias below taken by various people and posted at Flickr.com. Enjoy them, but try to make a trip to California some day to see the real thing.

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General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, California

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General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, California



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Giant Tree

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Giant Tree

Shot in Sequoia National Park



General Grant Grove trees

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General Grant Grove trees

Massive, ancient giant sequoias in groves in Kings Canyon National Park California USA



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A fisheye landscape!

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A fisheye landscape!



Sequoia forest - USA

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Sequoia forest - USA

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1 year anniversary !

Dirk Desmet posted a photo:

1 year anniversary !

Brutus now became one year old, 2 days ago!
Happy birthday!!
In the mean time, he moved from Denderleeuw to Tollembeek.

I want to make a bonsai of him instead of letting him grow huge in the wild. A mini sequoiadendron giganteum for my interior.

I need some tips on how to do so, and when I need to start growing him as bonsai.
Come on, advice please !

Shot with Nikkor 50mm prime, with macro filter on top.

View his gallery, from the moment when he was a baby:
www.flickr.com/photos/bulevardi/sets/72157633477416400



Sequoia on the Skyline to the Sea Trail

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Sequoia on the Skyline to the Sea Trail

Skyline to the Sea Trail Hike & Drive up the coast to Half Moon Bay



Giant sequoia seedling

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Giant sequoia seedling

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Redwood Forest, Muir Woods

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Redwood Forest, Muir Woods

Redwood Forest, Muir Woods. Muir Woods National Monument, California. March 14, 2014. Copyright 2014 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.

A tall, thin bay tree reaches for the light in front of a row of coast redwood trees, Muir Woods National Monument

This cathedral of redwood trees still brings me to a stop every time I walk up the main valley at Muir Woods National Monument. Typically I arrive very early in the morning, often before the park opens, when I can have the trail almost to myself. (I'm happy to share "my" park with the small number of other early morning visitors, who are usually very quiet.) This row of big trees is in a spot near where several trails meet up, and the light can range from deep shade to filtered sun.

The light is the tricky thing when photographing here. People are often surprised by just how little light may make it down through the canopy of the redwood forest. On this morning there was a layer of high clouds that muted the light, with only occasional breaks allowing more direct light. As a result, this was a 13 second exposure! The idea here was to find a "wall of trees" composition, with some depth from additional trees perhaps visible in the gaps among the main foreground group. I liked the visual dissonance of the single slender bay tree trunk curving across the scene to the left.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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Creek through a redwood grove

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Creek through a redwood grove

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Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias



Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias



Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias



Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias



Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias



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