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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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Holy Smokes!

KatieWhitaker posted a photo:

Holy Smokes!

A huge redwood from Kings' Canyon National Park in Hume, California.



Sequoia Group Picnic Area

randyherring posted a photo:

Sequoia Group Picnic Area

The Sequoia Group Picnic Area at Sanborn County Park is near the Sequoia/Peterson Grove. Sanborn Park is located near Saratoga, California.



Giant Sequoia

RWShea Photography posted a photo:

Giant Sequoia

A Giant Sequoia tree in the Tuolumne Grove photographed using a fisheye lens



California Redwood Cross Section

Yortw posted a photo:

California Redwood Cross Section



Fallen tree

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

Fallen tree

Spring in Hallerbos (B).



The shade

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

The shade

Spring in Hallerbos (B).



The Auto Log

mon_ster67 posted a photo:

The Auto Log

Fell in 1917.



sequoia seedlings

ripplestone garden posted a photo:

sequoia seedlings



Sequoia Group Picnic Area

randyherring posted a photo:

Sequoia Group Picnic Area

The Sequoia Group Picnic Area at Sanborn County Park is near the Sequoia/Peterson Grove. Sanborn Park is located near Saratoga, California.



Tout Timbers

Mr__Twitchy posted a photo:

Tout Timbers



Early morning in Hallerbos

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

Early morning in Hallerbos

Morning in Hallerbos



Cliff Sequoia

Bug In Box posted a photo:

Cliff Sequoia



Cinnamon Black Bear

fascinationwildlife posted a photo:

Cinnamon Black Bear

cinnamon black bear looking for ants on a dead tree, Sequoia NP, CA



Bluebells around the tree

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

Bluebells around the tree

Spring in Hallerbos (B)



Bluebells and ivy

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

Bluebells and ivy

Spring in Hallerbos (B)



The bluebells

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

The bluebells

Spring in Hallerbos (B)



White flower in purple forest

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

White flower in purple forest

White blooming flower in Hallerbos (B).



Hallerbos ivy

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

Hallerbos ivy

Ivy on sequoia in Hallerbos (B).



Hallerbos ivy

rvanhegelsom posted a photo:

Hallerbos ivy

Ivy on tree in Hallerbos



Tree Beings

by blueskyziji posted a photo:

Tree Beings

Diane Metzger, 2015.