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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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Sierra Burn

DMontalbano posted a photo:

Sierra Burn

"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" - Nelson Mandela



Icicles on tunnel tree.

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Icicles on tunnel tree.

Icicles on tunnel tree. Tuolumne Grove



Annette and tunnel tree

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Annette and tunnel tree

Annette and tunnel tree. Tuolumne Grove



Alice and tunnel tree. Tuolumne Grove

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Alice and tunnel tree. Tuolumne Grove

Alice and tunnel tree. Tuolumne Grove



Annette dwarfed by huge base of fallen GIANT SEQUOIA

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Annette dwarfed by huge base of fallen GIANT SEQUOIA

Annette dwarfed by huge base of fallen GIANT SEQUOIA. Tuolumne Grove.



Vancouver - Stanley Park

pcrossman posted a photo:

Vancouver - Stanley Park

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Minister Erik McGregor posted a photo:

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DONALD GALLAGHER TREE (formerly General Sherman) - Composition Wednesday

Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963



Sequoia NP, USA

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Sequoia NP, USA

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Redwood

Marc Sayce posted a photo:

Redwood

Alice Holt Forest, Hampshire, Near Farnham, Surrey.

South Downs National Park.



Sequoia National Park

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Sequoia National Park



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Minister Erik McGregor posted a photo:

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GIANT FOREST - Composition Saturday

Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963



Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

openspacer posted a photo:

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD. Developing and mature cones. Douglas iris site. Sector 12 D4.



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The General Sherman Tree Info Sign

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The General Sherman Tree Info Sign



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General Sherman Tree

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General Sherman Tree



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The General Sherman Tree

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The General Sherman Tree



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winter metasequoia road

Aaron_Choi posted a photo:

winter metasequoia road

snow covering the path in between metasequoia road in haneel park, seoul, south korea

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The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

kern.justin posted a photo:

The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

Winter came to the Sierras with a vengeance and, one hopes, with the possibility of restoring some of the damage that years of drought have written in browns and blacks where greens once were. Eager for adventure, we packed quickly and made a last minute trip into the groves of giant sequoia that dot the western slopes.

The moon was rising over the ridge when I ventured into the forest, casting a pale, amber light across the crowns of the largest trees. Water was everywhere, running over and under snow and ice and congregating in torrents racing down from higher elevations.

What a thing, to gaze past dwarfs, to see worlds convulsing in a great luminous, purple sea above, to be an insect in a primeval garden.



The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

kern.justin posted a photo:

The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

Winter came to the Sierras with a vengeance and, one hopes, with the possibility of restoring some of the damage that years of drought have written in browns and blacks where greens once were. Eager for adventure, we packed quickly and made a last minute trip into the groves of giant sequoia that dot the western slopes.

The moon was rising over the ridge when I ventured into the forest, casting a pale, amber light across the crowns of the largest trees. Water was everywhere, running over and under snow and ice and congregating in torrents racing down from higher elevations.

What a thing, to gaze past dwarfs, to see worlds convulsing in a great luminous, purple sea above, to be an insect in a primeval garden.



Annette coming out of sequoia

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Annette coming out of sequoia

Annette coming out of sequoia. Tuolumne Grove