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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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Base of Fallen Redwood - LansdaleGrove

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Base of Fallen Redwood - LansdaleGrove

Taken in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Fallen redwoods eventually decompose and generate a lot of productive new growth in the process.



Sequoia - Yosemite

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Sequoia - Yosemite



Sequoias Mariposa Grove Yosemite 7704.2n

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Sequoias Mariposa Grove Yosemite 7704.2n



Mariposa Grove Yosemite 9616.8n

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Mariposa Grove Yosemite 9616.8n



got it...how old are you?

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Sequoia National Park



Big Tree

Chen Yiming posted a photo:

Big Tree

This old growth giant in Redwood National & State Parks has a circumference of 68 feet. This tree lives up to its name! On the Newton Drury Scenic Parkway near the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, the tree is an estimated 1,500 years old.



Up A Tree

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Up A Tree

Here's how a California redwood looks to we mere humans on the ground. Shot with the FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited on the K-3II. Minimal editing.



The General

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The General

The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park is the largest (by volume) tree in the world.



Giants

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Giants

Sequoia's in Sequoia National Park



Muir Woods Natural Monument

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Muir Woods Natural Monument

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Muir Woods Natural Monument

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Muir Woods Natural Monument

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Sequoia

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Sequoia

These things need to be seen in person to really understand their size..



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Inside a Sequoia

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Inside a Sequoia

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park



Muir Woods Natural Monument

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Muir Woods Natural Monument

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Muir Woods Natural Monument

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Muir Woods Natural Monument

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