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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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Lone Sequoia in the Forest

Engin Türker posted a photo:

Lone Sequoia in the Forest

The copyright of the photographs do not belong to me, and their owners name and link stated. If you don't want me to share your photos please let me know,I'll immediately delete it. My girlfriend and I braved some treacherous roads with chains on our tires just to get to the trailhead for this place. Then, we hiked a mile in two foot deep snow to make it to this old growth sequoia grove. It was so worth it! Seeing these behemoths in the snow has been a dream of mine for awhile. I had my girlfriend stand at the base of the tree for scale and used a wide angle lens from a distance, and I still couldn't get the entire thing in frame. via 500px ift.tt/1Q6vzF4



Sequoia

devlon duthie posted a photo:

Sequoia

The VanDusen Botanical Garden opened their doors to everyone for free on BC Family Day (Feb 8, 2016). We took this opportunity to have our first visit to the garden this year. The place was beyond busy with all the other families eager to see the garden.
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Decaying bench under Sequoia

Redwood Reverence posted a photo:

Decaying bench under Sequoia

Cali USA



Yosemite Light

Olivier Deschamps Ph posted a photo:

Yosemite Light

near the giant sequoias.



Sugar Pines

DMontalbano posted a photo:

Sugar Pines

A stand of Sugar Pines in Sequoia National Park



Reaching for Warmth

Sairam Sundaresan posted a photo:

Reaching for Warmth

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. " ~ John Muir



Humboldt Redwoods

Redwood Reverence posted a photo:

Humboldt Redwoods

Rockefeller Forest, the worlds tallest.



Tiny Sprouts and Ancient Towers

Redwood Reverence posted a photo:

Tiny Sprouts and Ancient Towers

Big Basin CA



Forest circles

Ahio posted a photo:

Forest circles

Barrido circular en las secuoyas de Cabezón



Rain in the Redwoods

Redwood Reverence posted a photo:

Rain in the Redwoods

Windy road through ancient trees, California



Endor

marc.stokes posted a photo:

Endor



The James Irvine trail

Redwood Reverence posted a photo:

The James Irvine trail

Prairie Creek Redwoods, State and National Parks, California USA



Snow

Katelyn Sorensen posted a photo:

Snow



Sequoia National Park (January)

mtoyama posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park (January)



Sequoia Panorama

exori_89 posted a photo:

Sequoia Panorama



Snow in Sequoia National Park

exori_89 posted a photo:

Snow in Sequoia National Park



Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

openspacer posted a photo:

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD. Second redwood grove, sector 14 E3.



Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

openspacer posted a photo:

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD. Second redwood grove, sector 14 E3.



Bald eagle checking out the scene

amgirl posted a photo:

Bald eagle checking out the scene



Sequoia (Gigantea)

tomcurtisphotographer posted a photo:

Sequoia (Gigantea)