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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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Among the Giants

Kurt Lawson posted a photo:

Among the Giants

A massive Giant Sequoia rises up from the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Sequoia National Park during a break on a stormy day. The massive redwood trunk contrasts with comparatively tiny pines around it. A significant burn scar is testament to the resilience of hundreds or thousands of years of experience this magnificent tree has. Off in the distance another giant can be seen through the other trees



Grizzly Giant

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

Grizzly Giant



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Stefan John Barycki posted a photo:

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Tall Timber

grantg59@xtra.co.nz posted a photo:

Tall Timber

A stand of Sequoia in the Otway National Park, Australia.



Sequoia Giant

moonjazz posted a photo:

Sequoia Giant

Sequoias grow naturally along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between 5,000 and 7,000 feet above sea level and far inland. That elevation provides the trees with dry mountain air necessary for their cones to open and release seeds. The snowpack from the Sierra Nevada provides sequoias with the thousands of gallons of water they drink every day. Sequoias have shallow roots and require well-drained soil. There are 77 groves scattered about California that you can find in Yosemite, Big Trees State Park, (where this one was taken) Sequoia National Park of course, and several others including one on the eastern Sierras near the Kern River. A fabulous place to hike and meditate and understand your small bit of time on the planet as these trees can live over 3,000 years and some take just as long to completely decay when they fall. They are the largest living plant. The bark can be up to 60 centimeters thick. Redwoods are taller but these trees can grow up to 90 meters (over 230 feet tall.) Fires is an important part of there ecosystem as it thins the forest and heats up the pine cones until the seeds pop open to germinate. Next time you visit California take time to add visiting a grove to your bucket list. It will be awesome experience for kids and adults.



Tree huggers

Victor Engmark posted a photo:

Tree huggers



United States, California, Muir Woods National Monument

mimiclemens posted a photo:

United States, California, Muir Woods National Monument

United States, California, Muir Woods National Monument



California, Fly TWA! 1950s poster by David Klein

Tom Simpson posted a photo:

California, Fly TWA! 1950s poster by David Klein



Sequoia National Park

Wonder Woman ! Off for 1 month ! posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park

A typical scene driving or wandering around Sequoia. Awesome trees you can hardly describe. They are sooooo tall you can not properly photograph them. The smell in the forest is divine.



Emma near General Grant Tree

Dawn Coyote posted a photo:

Emma near General Grant Tree

Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia National Park, CA

umoilanen posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park, CA



Sequoia National Park, CA

umoilanen posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park, CA



Giant

cozdas posted a photo:

Giant



Epicormic

Brian Truono Photography posted a photo:

Epicormic

Out of the shadows, a seemingly small epicormic shoot juts from the side of the massive Sequoia tree into a dab of sunlight. These dense groves of trees, with their incredible sizes and towering canopies, can block much of the sun from reaching the forest floor. Its no wonder that when they eventually come tumbling down (after thousands of years), the undergrowth quickly makes use of the open sky and refreshing sun to sprout the seedlings of the next generation.



The Bull Buck Tree 84'2" Cir

Redwood Reverence posted a photo:

The Bull Buck Tree 84'2" Cir



Sequoia National Park.

elisabarbotto1 posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park.

Un colosso di 95 metri di altezza, 10 di diametro e 2200 anni di et.



Baron Hill Mansion

the underlord posted a photo:

Baron Hill Mansion

Beaumaris, Angelsey



Proximity

Brian Truono Photography posted a photo:

Proximity

Aside from the bark being fire resistant, these Giant Sequoias have another unique ability... neighboring tree trunks fuse together to form a single powerful trunk. Some of the largest Redwood and Sequoia trees began as two or more separate trunks and gradually fuse together over hundreds, or thousands of years.



Phoenix

Brian Truono Photography posted a photo:

Phoenix

I contorted and squeezed through the narrow fire scar of the old Sequoia tree known as 'Burnt Monarch'. As I made my way into the center of the once living behemoth, the sounds from the outside world dissipated - deadened by the thick trunk encasing my body. A few cobwebs fluttered from my presence, but I could not locate their makers. I steadied my breath and listened for creatures in the charred recesses nearby, but all I heard was the sound of my own heartbeat. I looked up through the tunnel of wood - a cathedral built by millenniums of cellular division - into the bright sky above. A sudden draft of wind floated through the opening, encircled me, and lifted skyward. Like a Phoenix rising out the ashes, the old tree's soul continues to linger amongst the living.



Touching the light

FunkyPorcupine posted a photo:

Touching the light

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