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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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Walking with Giants

ahmedovic_galal26 posted a photo:

Walking with Giants

The giant costal redwood trees at Muir Woods are about 600-1200 years old. The tallest tree is about 79m (258ft). For a photographer is it hard to show the dimensions of these trees. On my picture you can see a person on the board walk, to get an idea how big these trees are. Each time I am in San Francisco I go to this nearby national park and enjoy the forest, which is awesome. I love this forest! via 500px ift.tt/1IUnkHl



King of the Dogwoods - Yosemite National Park

Darvin Atkeson posted a photo:

King of the Dogwoods - Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley may be known for its stunning landscapes of granite monoliths and towering waterfalls but the beauty isn't just skin deep. Dropping into the Valley you enter a magical forest of life and beauty. We travel each year up just to see the soft beautiful Dogwoods bloom. The valley is a perfect place for this delicate tree that makes it home in the soft light the shadows of evergreen pines. The trees first come to life with the soft white flowers with a yellow center and then the bright green leaves begin to unfold. With lace like branches the flowers are large with some larger than your palm. This year was a extra surprise as we found a number of Monarch Butterflies visiting the flowers on the Dogwood. In this shot the Monarch and Dogwood are sharply contrasted by the deep dark black on the charred bark on a nearby Sequoia tree.

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Fallen giant

kari siren posted a photo:

Fallen giant



Radiate

asusmt posted a photo:

Radiate



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Ryan C. McGinley posted a photo:

Sequoias tower into the sky in Sequoia National Park near Three Rivers, California.



old

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old



General Sherman Tree Trunk

traveling peter posted a photo:

General Sherman Tree Trunk

The supposedly biggest tree in the world by volume of the trunk.



Río Landro, Souto da Retorta

Breonikonista posted a photo:

Río Landro, Souto da Retorta

El río Landro, también llamado Landrove es un río de la provincia de Lugo, Galicia, España. Pertenece a la vertiente Cantábrica, y sigue una dirección S-N desembocando en la ría de Vivero. En total recorre unos 42 km.

Nace en la parroquia del Viveiró, municipio de Muras, en las vertientes oeste y suroeste de la Sierra del Gistral, a 800 msnm de altitud.

Inicialmente el rego Abelaira, que brota a 880m de altura, a los pies del monte Xistral (1032msnm) en su vertiente sur, se une en la parroquia de Porromeu a 630msnm, con otros regos menores que nacen a menor altura. Es a partir de aquí que recibe, según la cartografía oficial, el nombre de Río Landro. En este lugar el rego Abelaira lleva recorridos 3600m, por lo que se podría decir que el nacimiento de este rego coincide con el del Río Landro. Baja por un valle abierto hasta Escoiras, que luego se estrecha, al paso que recibe las augas de los afluentes de A Eireixa, Ribeira, Torres Vellas y Barocas. Se vuelve abrir el valle a la altura de Nogarito y, otra vez encajado, recoge los aportes de los ríos Besteburiz, Balsadas y Grandal. Desde A Santa Mariña contribuyen el Boimente, el Louro, el Loureiro, el río da Balsa y el Fontecova.

Posteriormente llega al municipio de Vivero para desembocar entre la playa de Covas, en Covas, y el puerto de Celeiro. En su desembocadura, el Landro forma un pequeño humedal. Constituye los límites entre los ayuntamientos de Muras y Ourol.

Fuente: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%ADo_Landro



Tiny Tree

Breonikonista posted a photo:

Tiny Tree

O Avó de Chavín:

GALEGO:

Este exemplar de eucalipto (Eucaliptus globulus), é o máis sobresaliente da masa. Foi plantado arredor de 1880. Alcanza os 67 metros de altura, ten un perímetro de 10,5 metros e un volume de 75,2 metros cúbicos.

CASTELLANO:

Este ejemplar de eucalipto (Eucaliptus globulus), es el más sobresaliente de la masa. Fue plantado alrededor de 1880. Alcanza los 67 metros de altura, tiene un perímetro de 10,5 metros y un volumen de 75,2 metros cúbicos.

ENGLISH:

This specimen from eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), is the most prominent of the mass. It was planted around 1880. It reaches 67 meters high, has a circumference of 10.5 meters and a volume of 75.2 cubic meters.

Info: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souto_da_Retorta



Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens)

Turtlerangler posted a photo:

Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens)

San Mateo Co., California



Grizzly Giant

ronan1 posted a photo:

Grizzly Giant

The Grizzly Giant sequoia tree in Mariposa, California. It's approximately 2,00 years old and it's 8 meters wide, and 64 meters tall! It's one of the biggest giant sequoias in the world - which makes it one of the biggest trees in the world.



Sequoia Pine

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Sequoia Pine



Sunny day

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Sunny day



Sequoias

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Sequoias



Séquoia Park

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Séquoia Park



Séquoia Park

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Séquoia Park



One falls, one rises

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One falls, one rises



blue & yellow

Eynaud yoan posted a photo:

blue & yellow

Steller's jay,
Cyanocitta stelleri frontalis,



California Redwood

RobW_ posted a photo:

California Redwood

Sequoia sempervirens, at The Hydro in Stellenbosch.



Forest Trail

fantommst posted a photo:

Forest Trail

Along the General Grant Tree Trail in Kings Canyon National Park.

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