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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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Le Château de Cheverny

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Le Château de Cheverny

Le château de Cheverny est un château de la Loire français situé en Sologne, sur la commune de Cheverny. C'est l'un des châteaux de la Loire les plus fréquentés avec ceux de Blois et de Chambord, tout proches. Classé aux Monuments historiques, ce château est élevé au xviie siècle, dans un style très classique. Il a été dessiné par Jacques Bougier, architecte d'une partie du château de Blois.
Il héberge actuellement une meute et organise régulièrement des chasses à courre. Il inspira Hergé pour la création du château de Moulinsart qui en est une réplique, amputée de ses deux pavillons extrêmes.
fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_Cheverny

The Château de Cheverny is located at Cheverny, in the Loire Valley in France. It is well-known to be part of the châteaux of the Loire valley.
The Belgian comic book creator Hergé used Cheverny as a model for his fictional "Château de Moulinsart" (Marlinspike Hall in English) in the The Adventures of Tintin books. In these books, the two outermost wings are not present, but the remaining central tower and two wings are almost identical.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_Cheverny



General Sherman Diameter Outline

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General Sherman Diameter Outline

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General Sherman Tree Marker

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General Sherman Tree Marker

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The General Sherman Tree

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The General Sherman Tree

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The Giant Forest

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The Giant Forest

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Sequoia National Park

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Moro Rock

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Moro Rock

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The Sierra Nevadas

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The Sierra Nevadas

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Tunnel Rock

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Tunnel Rock

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Brake for Wildlife

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Brake for Wildlife

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The Giant Forest

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The Giant Forest

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The Giant Forest

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The Giant Forest

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Moro Rock

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Moro Rock

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The Giant Forest

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The Giant Forest

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Dawn redwood

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Dawn redwood

The dawn redwood is a famous "living fossil." As fossils, they are found in Cretaceous to Miocene rocks, but were long thought to be extinct since the Miocene. That was until 1944 when a pocket of them were found surviving in China. Now they can be found for sale in landscaping centers where they are popular ornamental trees.

The dawn redwood (Metasequoia), unlike other sequoias (coast and giant), is deciduous. This sample specimen is displayed with the other two sequoia species at the visitor center at Jedediah Smith Redwoods, northern California.



Sequoia

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Sequoia

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Dusk in the Sequoia NF. Breckinridge Mountain Summit. US Forest Station SR28S...

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Dusk in the Sequoia NF. Breckinridge Mountain Summit. US Forest Station SR28S06. Fall 2013 Kern County, CA.



Sequoia

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Sequoia

In the middle of the city there is this huge sequoia tree. It has many years to go before it will have the dimensions of the sequoia trees in te USA but I will keep my patience....growing bigger each day. Joost was so kind to pose.

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Alvin? Simon? or Theodore?

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Alvin? Simon? or Theodore?

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