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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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Tuolumne Grove tunnel

GmanViz posted a photo:

Tuolumne Grove tunnel



Nr.261

Silvan Erne posted a photo:

Nr.261



Tree-View

markus364 posted a photo:

Tree-View



Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD.

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Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD.

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD. Second redwood grove, Trail 2



Boardwalk along Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San...

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Boardwalk along Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California, USA

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We had not visited Muir Woods, just out of Sausalito, since 1974 so when we decided to spend our last few days in the USA in San Francisco before flying back to Australia, it was top of our to do list.
As we had no car in San Francisco we decided to take a tour out to Muir Woods. While the tour did take us to a few other places we had not previously been to we would recommend just getting the shuttle from Sausalito.
The Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae) or Coast Redwood trees, which grow here in Muir Woods while very tall, are not as tall as others of the species growing in other dense more isolated Californian forests.
One of those trees, Hyperion at 115.92 metres( 380.31 feet), is reported as the tallest tree on the planet. In fact there are a number of other Sequoia sempervirens trees with heights recorded at above 112 metres.
It is however important to make a distinction between the current tallest growing trees and the actual tallest growing species.
Australia's Eucalyptus regnans, which grows in Victoria and in Tasmania, in the past before white Australian settlement, reportedly grew to heights in excess of 120 metres.
Due to modern forestry management practices in Australia which today expose trees in Eucalyptus regnans forests to much more light, there are no Eucalyptus regnans trees which currently reach the height of Sequoia sempervirens trees like Hyperion.
The tallest Eucalyptus regnans tree currently growing in Australia is known as Centurion and stands 99.82 metres (327.5 feet) and grows in Tasmania.

Photo taken with a Canon D60 with 3 images composited in Microsoft Composite Editor.

All USA Trip 2018 Images HERE



Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Cali...

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Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California, USA

Copyright - All Rights Reserved - Black Diamond Images

We had not visited Muir Woods, just out of Sausalito, since 1974 so when we decided to spend our last few days in the USA in San Francisco before flying back to Australia, it was top of our to do list.
As we had no car in San Francisco we decided to take a tour out to Muir Woods. While the tour did take us to a few other places we had not previously been to we would recommend just getting the shuttle from Sausalito.
The Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae) or Coast Redwood trees, which grow here in Muir Woods while very tall, are not as tall as others of the species growing in other dense more isolated Californian forests.
One of those trees, Hyperion at 115.92 metres( 380.31 feet), is reported as the tallest tree on the planet. In fact there are a number of other Sequoia sempervirens trees with heights recorded at above 112 metres.
It is however important to make a distinction between the current tallest growing trees and the actual tallest growing species.
Australia's Eucalyptus regnans, which grows in Victoria and in Tasmania, in the past before white Australian settlement, reportedly grew to heights in excess of 120 metres.
Due to modern forestry management practices in Australia which today expose trees in Eucalyptus regnans forests to much more light, there are no Eucalyptus regnans trees which currently reach the height of Sequoia sempervirens trees like Hyperion.
The tallest Eucalyptus regnans tree currently growing in Australia is known as Centurion and stands 99.82 metres (327.5 feet) and grows in Tasmania.

Photo taken with a Canon D60 with 3 images composited in Microsoft Composite Editor. I posted an earlier similar but slightly wider panorama image taken with an IPhone X HERE. You be the judge as to which of the two is the better quality image. My vote goes to the Canon D60.

All USA Trip 2018 Images HERE



Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Cali...

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Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California, USA

Copyright - All Rights Reserved - Black Diamond Images

We had not visited Muir Woods, just out of Sausalito, since 1974 so when we decided to spend our last few days in the USA in San Francisco before flying back to Australia, it was top of our to do list.
As we had no car in San Francisco we decided to take a tour out to Muir Woods. While the tour did take us to a few other places we had not previously been to we would recommend just getting the shuttle from Sausalito.
The Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae) or Coast Redwood trees, which grow here in Muir Woods while very tall, are not as tall as others of the species growing in other dense more isolated Californian forests.
One of those trees, Hyperion at 115.92 metres( 380.31 feet), is reported as the tallest tree on the planet. In fact there are a number of other Sequoia sempervirens trees with heights recorded at above 112 metres.
It is however important to make a distinction between the current tallest growing trees and the actual tallest growing species.
Australia's Eucalyptus regnans, which grows in Victoria and in Tasmania, in the past before white Australian settlement, reportedly grew to heights in excess of 120 metres.
Due to modern forestry management practices in Australia which today expose trees in Eucalyptus regnans forests to much more light, there are no Eucalyptus regnans trees which currently reach the height of Sequoia sempervirens trees like Hyperion.
The tallest Eucalyptus regnans tree currently growing in Australia is known as Centurion and stands 99.82 metres (327.5 feet) and grows in Tasmania.

All USA Trip 2018 Images HERE



Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Cali...

Black Diamond Images posted a photo:

Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California, USA

Copyright - All Rights Reserved - Black Diamond Images

We had not visited Muir Woods, just out of Sausalito, since 1974 so when we decided to spend our last few days in the USA in San Francisco before flying back to Australia, it was top of our to do list.
As we had no car in San Francisco we decided to take a tour out to Muir Woods. While the tour did take us to a few other places we had not previously been to we would recommend just getting the shuttle from Sausalito.
The Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae) or Coast Redwood trees, which grow here in Muir Woods while very tall, are not as tall as others of the species growing in other dense more isolated Californian forests.
One of those trees, Hyperion at 115.92 metres( 380.31 feet), is reported as the tallest tree on the planet. In fact there are a number of other Sequoia sempervirens trees with heights recorded at above 112 metres.
It is however important to make a distinction between the current tallest growing trees and the actual tallest growing species.
Australia's Eucalyptus regnans, which grows in Victoria and in Tasmania, in the past before white Australian settlement, reportedly grew to heights in excess of 120 metres.
Due to modern forestry management practices in Australia which today expose trees in Eucalyptus regnans forests to much more light, there are no Eucalyptus regnans trees which currently reach the height of Sequoia sempervirens trees like Hyperion.
The tallest Eucalyptus regnans tree currently growing in Australia is known as Centurion and stands 99.82 metres (327.5 feet) and grows in Tasmania.

All USA Trip 2018 Images HERE



Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Cali...

Black Diamond Images posted a photo:

Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California, USA

Copyright - All Rights Reserved - Black Diamond Images

We had not visited Muir Woods, just out of Sausalito, since 1974 so when we decided to spend our last few days in the USA in San Francisco before flying back to Australia, it was top of our to do list.
As we had no car in San Francisco we decided to take a tour out to Muir Woods. While the tour did take us to a few other places we had not previously been to we would recommend just getting the shuttle from Sausalito.
The Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae) or Coast Redwood trees here are among the tallest trees in the world.

All USA Trip 2018 Images HERE



Pine cones in Sequoia National Park

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Pine cones in Sequoia National Park



General Sherman Tree

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General Sherman Tree

Sequoia National Park, CA



General Sherman Tree

Nathan Wickstrum posted a photo:

General Sherman Tree

Sequoia National Park, CA



General Sherman Tree

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General Sherman Tree

Sequoia National Park, CA



General Sherman Tree

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General Sherman Tree

Sequoia National Park, CA



Oak Glen Trees

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Oak Glen Trees

The trees in the Oak Glen region are much different than those we know in the beach cities.

Oak Glen, California
November 2018



Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Cali...

Black Diamond Images posted a photo:

Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California, USA

Copyright - All Rights Reserved - Black Diamond Images

We had not visited Muir Woods, just out of Sausalito, since 1974 so when we decided to spend our last few days in the USA in San Francisco before flying back to Australia, it was top of our to do list.
As we had no car in San Francisco we decided to take a tour out to Muir Woods. While the tour did take us to a few other places we had not previously been to we would recommend just getting the shuttle from Sausalito.
The Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae) or Coast Redwood trees, which grow here in Muir Woods while very tall, are not as tall as others of the species growing in other dense more isolated Californian forests.
One of those trees, Hyperion at 115.92 metres( 380.31 feet), is reported as the tallest tree on the planet. In fact there are a number of other Sequoia sempervirens trees with heights recorded at above 112 metres.
It is however important to make a distinction between the current tallest growing trees and the actual tallest growing species.
Australia's Eucalyptus regnans, which grows in Victoria and in Tasmania, in the past before white Australian settlement, reportedly grew to heights in excess of 120 metres.
Due to modern forestry management practices in Australia which today expose trees in Eucalyptus regnans forests to much more light, there are no Eucalyptus regnans trees which currently reach the height of Sequoia sempervirens trees like Hyperion.
The tallest Eucalyptus regnans tree currently growing in Australia is known as Centurion and stands 99.82 metres (327.5 feet) and grows in Tasmania.

All USA Trip 2018 Images HERE



Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Cali...

Black Diamond Images posted a photo:

Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California, USA

Copyright - All Rights Reserved - Black Diamond Images

We had not visited Muir Woods, just out of Sausalito, since 1974 so when we decided to spend our last few days in the USA in San Francisco before flying back to Australia, it was top of our to do list.
As we had no car in San Francisco we decided to take a tour out to Muir Woods. While the tour did take us to a few other places we had not previously been to we would recommend just getting the shuttle from Sausalito.
The Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae) or Coast Redwood trees, which grow here in Muir Woods while very tall, are not as tall as others of the species growing in other dense more isolated Californian forests.
One of those trees, Hyperion at 115.92 metres( 380.31 feet), is reported as the tallest tree on the planet. In fact there are a number of other Sequoia sempervirens trees with heights recorded at above 112 metres.
It is however important to make a distinction between the current tallest growing trees and the actual tallest growing species.
Australia's Eucalyptus regnans, which grows in Victoria and in Tasmania, in the past before white Australian settlement, reportedly grew to heights in excess of 120 metres.
Due to modern forestry management practices in Australia which today expose trees in Eucalyptus regnans forests to much more light, there are no Eucalyptus regnans trees which currently reach the height of Sequoia sempervirens trees like Hyperion.
The tallest Eucalyptus regnans tree currently growing in Australia is known as Centurion and stands 99.82 metres (327.5 feet) and grows in Tasmania.

Photo taken with an IPhone X

All USA Trip 2018 Images HERE



Meadow in Sequoia National Park

pr0digie posted a photo:

Meadow in Sequoia National Park



Tharp's Log

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Tharp's Log



Trail sign

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Trail sign

Deep in the sequoia forest.