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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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California Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

JCVD100 posted a photo:

California Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

Seen in Palo Alto



Muir Woods

AGneissDay posted a photo:

Muir Woods

20/07/14 - Tree stump in Muir Woods



Greenwood Gardens-a Sequoia Tree in New Jersey! Next a Tree Will Grow in Bro...

justmecpb posted a photo:

Greenwood Gardens-a Sequoia Tree in New Jersey!  Next a Tree Will Grow in Brooklyn.

2014-06-24



Greenwood Gardens-a Sequoia Tree in New Jersey! Next a Tree Will Grow in Bro...

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Greenwood Gardens-a Sequoia Tree in New Jersey!  Next a Tree Will Grow in Brooklyn.

2014-06-24



Greenwood Gardens-a Sequoia Tree in New Jersey! Next a Tree Will Grow in Bro...

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Greenwood Gardens-a Sequoia Tree in New Jersey!  Next a Tree Will Grow in Brooklyn.

2014-06-24



Sequoia Tree

Natalie Guerra posted a photo:

Sequoia Tree



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Sequoia

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Giant Sequoia. Yosemite, California



Along the Trail

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Along the Trail

Private property owners allow access through their property to hike one-mile round trip to the "Stagg Tree" in the Sequoia National Forest. It's a scenic hike while passing several Redwood trees.



Redwood "Stagg Tree"

VenturaMermaid posted a photo:

Redwood "Stagg Tree"

It's fascinating to see huge Sequoia Redwood trees, estimated to be over 3,000 years old.



A Stranger, Avenue of the Giants

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A Stranger, Avenue of the Giants



Patrick and the Giant Sequoia

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Patrick and the Giant Sequoia

This tree is called the "goose pen" because it is hollow inside and farmers once housed their geese inside it at night.
Trail of 100 Giants, Sequoia National Monument



Giant Sequoia

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Giant Sequoia

Trail of 100 Giants, Sequoia National Monument



i'm a treehugger.

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i'm a treehugger.



i'm a treehugger.

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i'm a treehugger.



Muir Redwoods #1 Dreamy Glow Version

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Muir Redwoods #1 Dreamy Glow Version

The huge Redwoods of the John Muir Wilderness Area. Many of the giant trees escaped logging during the 1800's as the area itself was so hard to get to. Vegetation and Coastal Redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, Muir Woods National Park, California, USA



Muir Redwoods #1 Final

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Muir Redwoods #1 Final

The huge Redwoods of the John Muir Wilderness Area. Many of the giant trees escaped logging during the 1800's as the area itself was so hard to get to. Vegetation and Coastal Redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, Muir Woods National Park, California, USA



Triplets

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Triplets



Meadow

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Meadow



Sun Rays

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Sun Rays