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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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The General Sherman Tree Info Sign

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General Sherman Tree

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The General Sherman Tree

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snow covering the path in between metasequoia road in haneel park, seoul, south korea

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The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

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The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

Winter came to the Sierras with a vengeance and, one hopes, with the possibility of restoring some of the damage that years of drought have written in browns and blacks where greens once were. Eager for adventure, we packed quickly and made a last minute trip into the groves of giant sequoia that dot the western slopes.

The moon was rising over the ridge when I ventured into the forest, casting a pale, amber light across the crowns of the largest trees. Water was everywhere, running over and under snow and ice and congregating in torrents racing down from higher elevations.

What a thing, to gaze past dwarfs, to see worlds convulsing in a great luminous, purple sea above, to be an insect in a primeval garden.



The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

kern.justin posted a photo:

The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

Winter came to the Sierras with a vengeance and, one hopes, with the possibility of restoring some of the damage that years of drought have written in browns and blacks where greens once were. Eager for adventure, we packed quickly and made a last minute trip into the groves of giant sequoia that dot the western slopes.

The moon was rising over the ridge when I ventured into the forest, casting a pale, amber light across the crowns of the largest trees. Water was everywhere, running over and under snow and ice and congregating in torrents racing down from higher elevations.

What a thing, to gaze past dwarfs, to see worlds convulsing in a great luminous, purple sea above, to be an insect in a primeval garden.



The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

kern.justin posted a photo:

The Heavens and the Sequoia - Grant Grove, January 2017

Winter came to the Sierras with a vengeance and, one hopes, with the possibility of restoring some of the damage that years of drought have written in browns and blacks where greens once were. Eager for adventure, we packed quickly and made a last minute trip into the groves of giant sequoia that dot the western slopes.

The moon was rising over the ridge when I ventured into the forest, casting a pale, amber light across the crowns of the largest trees. Water was everywhere, running over and under snow and ice and congregating in torrents racing down from higher elevations.

What a thing, to gaze past dwarfs, to see worlds convulsing in a great luminous, purple sea above, to be an insect in a primeval garden.



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Mule deer in Sequoia NP, California. So tame I could have touched her, if I wanted. Anyway, however tame they are, meeting wild animals in the wilderness is always a high experience



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wintertime in Sequoia NP, California (landscape from Beetle rock)



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Sunset approaching in the Sequoia NP, California. From Moro rock, looking more or less south-west



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Dusk on the Sierra Nevada (Sequoia NP)



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looks like a fairytale forest, doesn't it? Actually sequoias are kind of a living miracle, so...



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The famous General Sherman's tree (center), the biggest tree alive for mass of the trunk. The little colored spots on its bottom are people, which gives a hint of the size of these living beings!



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sunset approaching in the Sequoia NP, California. This is just north of the Potwisha Campground: I arrived a bit earlier than expected, so decided to take a short walk and look for a cool spot where to see the sunset (the camp is hidden in the valley). Soon I realized it was not so "healthy" to roam around bear country alone with darkness approaching, so reverted back to the campsite well before dusk...