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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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Natural Spotlight

ozeias posted a photo:

Natural Spotlight

Hiking through Fern Canyon is a lovely adventure, you need to cross over trees, river banks, rocks, muds, etc., you get the point. The view though is nothing more majestic!



Calveras Big Tree State Park.

Sam_pep posted a photo:

Calveras Big Tree State Park.

Among the giant Sequoias of Big Tree. Beautiful and ancient.



Sequoia macro

zsolt.palatinus posted a photo:

Sequoia macro



Cathedral

Sapna Reddy Photography posted a photo:

Cathedral

The most spiritual of places have no walls.



R&R

Sapna Reddy Photography posted a photo:

R&R

Feel blessed to have walked through this mystic forest blanketed by the soft diffused light through the curtain of fog. Redwoods and Rhodies offering rest and relaxation.



Tree

ngbrx posted a photo:

Tree

Thun, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland



ephemera - Humboldt Redwoods State Park brochure

Jassy-50 posted a photo:

ephemera - Humboldt Redwoods State Park brochure

The Founders Grove is dedicated to the founders of the Save-the-Redwoods League. In 1917 several prominent men traveled to Humboldt and Del Norte Counties to view these magnificent redwood groves. When they found these trees were not protected, they formed the Legaue to preserve representative areas of primeval forests. By 1921, the first grove was purchased by the League in what is now Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Since then the League has contributed over $65 million [NOTE: This and other figures were in 1993] to protect 250,000 acres of Redwood land in the 35 California State Parks, Redwood National Park and Sequoia National Park.



photo - Dyerville Giant, Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Jassy-50 posted a photo:

photo - Dyerville Giant, Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The Dyerville Giant was one of if not the tallest Giant Redwood until it fell in 1991. It had stood for perhaps 1600 years and was as tall as a 30-story building.

It is located in the Founders Grove, which is dedicated to the founders of the Save-the-Redwoods League. In 1917 several prominent men traveled to Humboldt and Del Norte Counties to view these magnificent redwood groves. When they found these trees were not protected, they formed the Legaue to preserve representative areas of primeval forests. By 1921, the first grove was purchased by the League in what is now Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Since then the League has contributed over $65 million [NOTE: This and other figures were in 1993] to protect 250,000 acres of Redwood land in the 35 California State Parks, Redwood National Park and Sequoia National Park.

Scan of a print from a 35mm slide.



California - Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Michael.Kemper posted a photo:

California - Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Stout Memorial Grove

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving old-growth redwoods along the Smith River. It is located along U.S. Route 199 approximately 9 miles (14 km) east of Crescent City. The park is named after explorer Jedediah Smith, and is one of four parks cooperatively managed as Redwood National and State Parks. The 10,430-acre (4,220 ha) park was established in 1939 and designated part of the California Coast Ranges International Biosphere Reserve in 1983.

The park was named after explorer Jedediah Smith, who was the first American to travel, by land, from the Mississippi River to California in 1826, passing through the area of the future park.

The park consists of 9,500 acres (3,800 ha) of redwood trees, including several groves of old growth trees. One of the groves, totaling 5,000 acres (2,000 ha), includes the world's largest (not tallest) coast redwood, which measures 20 feet (6.1 m) in diameter and 340 feet (100 m) tall.

The Smith River, which flows through the park, is home to rainbow trout and salmon, black bears, black-tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and other mammals.

The Smith River is the last major undammed river in California. Within the park, the river is rather undisturbed and holds the state record for the largest steelhead rainbow trout, weighing over 27 pounds (12 kg).

The park consists of 18 miles (29 km) of hiking trails and over 100 campsites. Mill Creek flows through the park and merges with the Smith River near the campground. In the warm season, a seasonal bridge is placed across Mill Creek for easier access to Mill Creek Trail and one end of Hiouchi Trail.

(Wikipedia)



The Grand Duchess

Studio d'Xavier posted a photo:

The Grand Duchess

We're Here! : Trees, trees and more trees

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Kimberly Shoemaker

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

Kimberly Shoemaker



Destiny (Explored)

Sapna Reddy Photography posted a photo:

Destiny (Explored)


For the past 7 years I have been visiting the Redwood national forest in the hope of capturing this scene again.
Having made my way to the forest at 5.30 am I was delighted to wander through the mystic fog for about 4 hours after which other priorities like hunger surfaced and the digestive juices overtook the creative ones. Realizing I have never created good pics on an empty stomach I made my way to the Requa Inn. After a hearty breakfast of their famous homemade granola/yogurt. toast with homemade blueberry jam, scrambled eggs with herbs and seasoning, green smoothie and two cups of coffee I was ready to return to the forest. I had hiked the entire Damnation creek trail the day before and knew where to expect the beams to show up if the sun emerged from the overcast sky. An hour or so after I returned for a very brief period the sun poked through..and when it did I was ready. Hope you like this rendition. It comes after 7 years of trying ...so when people ask how do you always manage to be at the right place at the right time..I smile and say..I guess someone up there loves me. And now you know the truth :)



Walking With Giants

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

Walking With Giants



life and dead

roswitha_k posted a photo:

life and dead

a dead Sequoia lay on the floor with a window upstairs. One could also say that life and death. Through the window you could see life.



A still-photo of the base of the 'Grizzly Giant'...

Curiously Captivating Creatures posted a photo:

A still-photo of the base of the 'Grizzly Giant'...

Location:

- Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park (Wawona, CA)



Sequoia grove

Whole Shot Motocross Photography posted a photo:

Sequoia grove

California, spring 2014. These giant trees never cease to amaze me. Surprisingly often, I have found the trunks to take reflected light from the forest around, giving a nice warm glow to the bark. So also in this obviously backlit scene. The rhododendrons was the icing of the cake :) via 500px ift.tt/2LPpBYN



giant sequoia

Ed from Ohio posted a photo:

giant sequoia

The giantest sequoia, the General Sherman Tree.



photo - Founders Grove, Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Jassy-50 posted a photo:

photo - Founders Grove, Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The Founders Grove is dedicated to the founders of the Save-the-Redwoods League. In 1917 several prominent men traveled to Humboldt and Del Norte Counties to view these magnificent redwood groves. When they found these trees were not protected, they formed the Legaue to preserve representative areas of primeval forests. By 1921, the first grove was purchased by the League in what is now Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Since then the League has contributed over $65 million [NOTE: This and other figures were in 1993] to protect 250,000 acres of Redwood land in the 35 California State Parks, Redwood National Park and Sequoia National Park.

Scan of a print from a 35mm slide.



photo - Founders Grove, Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Jassy-50 posted a photo:

photo - Founders Grove, Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The Founders Grove is dedicated to the founders of the Save-the-Redwoods League. In 1917 several prominent men traveled to Humboldt and Del Norte Counties to view these magnificent redwood groves. When they found these trees were not protected, they formed the Legaue to preserve representative areas of primeval forests. By 1921, the first grove was purchased by the League in what is now Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Since then the League has contributed over $65 million [NOTE: This and other figures were in 1993] to protect 250,000 acres of Redwood land in the 35 California State Parks, Redwood National Park and Sequoia National Park.

Scan of a print from a 35mm slide.



Giant at Sunrise

alexwphoto posted a photo:

Giant at Sunrise

Sequoia Tree along the Moro Rock trail in the Giant Forest section of Sequoia National Park, CA. (ŠJ. Alex Wilson)