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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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The View from Moro Rock

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The View from Moro Rock

A 400-stair climb to the top of Moro Rock offers the most stunningly smoggy, but beautiful view.

Our driver in Sequoia mentioned to us that Sequoia National Park is the most heavily polluted of the national parks. Visitors comment on how clean San Francisco is... but it is so because the smog from San Francisco and (and Fresno) blows Eastward and ends up trapped in the bowl-like shape of Sequoia.

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.


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The General Sherman

Christopher Wallace posted a photo:

The General Sherman

World's largest tree.

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

The General Sherman is the (known) largest living single-stem tree on earth by sheer volume. It is estimated to be between 2300-2700 years old. In January 2006 the largest branch on the tree...broke off. There were no witnesses to the incident, and the branch ? larger than most tree trunks; diameter over 2 m (6.6 ft) and length over 30 m (98 ft) ? smashed part of the perimeter fence and cratered the pavement of the surrounding walkway. (Wikipedia)

Height above base: 274.9 ft (83.8 m)
Circumference at ground: 102.6 ft (31.3 m)
Maximum diameter at base: 36.5 ft (11.1 m)
Diameter 4.50 ft (1.37 m) above
height point on ground: 25.1 ft (7.7 m)
Girth Diameter 60 ft (18 m) above base: 17.5 ft (5.3 m)
Diameter 180 ft (55 m) above base: 14.0 ft (4.3 m)
Diameter of largest branch: 6.8 ft (2.1 m)
Height of first large branch above the base: 130.0 ft (39.6 m)
Average crown spread: 106.5 ft (32.5 m)
Estimated bole volume: 52,508 cu ft (1,487 m3)
Estimated mass (wet) (1938): 2,105 short tons (1,910 t)
Estimated bole mass (1938): 2,472,000 lb (1,121 t)
Weight: 4.188783 million lbs
(Wikipedia)


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At The Hydro in Stellenbosch.



Mount Silliman

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Mount Silliman

Seen from Wuksachi Lodge,
Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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Marble Fork, Kaweah River

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Marble Fork, Kaweah River

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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Dogwood Flowers

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Dogwood Flowers



Dogwood Flower

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Dogwood Flower

Spring in the Sierra



Sunset over Mount Silliman

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Sunset over Mount Silliman

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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Halstead Meadow

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Halstead Meadow

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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Sunset Light | Yosemite National Park, California

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Sunset Light | Yosemite National Park, California

Sunset lights and shadows at Yosemite Tunnel View.

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Morning Coffee

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Morning Coffee

Marty drinking a morning coffee in Sequoia National Park over the forest, California



Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias



Sequoia

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Sequoia

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Clères

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Clères

Parc de Clères - Séquoïa



Downed Sequoia Roots

Roger Inman posted a photo:

Downed Sequoia Roots

Tuolumne Sequoia Grove



Walk Through Sequoia Stump

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Walk Through Sequoia Stump

Tuolumne Sequoia Grove



Sequoia

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Sequoia

Tuolumne Sequoia Grove



Walking With Giants

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Walking With Giants