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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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Grant Grove

romankoch posted a photo:

Grant Grove



Grant tree with friends

keniacruz93 posted a photo:

Grant tree with friends



Car w/ Sequoias

romankoch posted a photo:

Car w/ Sequoias



Us with Sequoia

romankoch posted a photo:

Us with Sequoia



General Grant Grove

romankoch posted a photo:

General Grant Grove



General Grant

romankoch posted a photo:

General Grant



Flora with Californian Redwoods

Mark Tindale posted a photo:

Flora with Californian Redwoods



Sequoia National Park

HewesViews posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park

It's difficult to imagine how large a mature Sequoia is. Note the people at the base of the tree.



Sequoia National Park

HewesViews posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park

It's difficult to imagine how large a mature Sequoia is. Note the people at the base of the tallest tree.



Sequoia National Park

HewesViews posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park

It's difficult to imagine how large a mature Sequoia is. Note the people in the lower left corner.



General Sherman Tree

christinejwarner posted a photo:

General Sherman Tree

Kings Canyon National Park



General Sherman Tree

caruba posted a photo:

General Sherman Tree

The largest living tree in the world can be admired at Sequoia National Park in California!



Sequoia National Park

romankoch posted a photo:

Sequoia National Park



"Eroding Its Roots" (B&W) - Sequoia National Park

Adrienne's Travels posted a photo:

"Eroding Its Roots" (B&W) - Sequoia National Park

Over time, erosion and rain have sculpted out this section of a sequoia's trunk to reveal a curvature. Because the lighting wasn't that great, I decided to photograph this in black and white to show more of the texture of the bark. If you've been following my Sequoia and Kings Canyon series, there's quite a bit of photos on the details of a sequoia's bark; almost a "hard spongy" type of feel.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II @ 30mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/14
Shutter Speed: 1/2



Between The Trees

GlobalGoebel posted a photo:

Between The Trees

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias,
Yosemite National Park

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General Sherman Tree - Sequoia National Park

Adrienne's Travels posted a photo:

General Sherman Tree - Sequoia National Park

The largest tree in the world by volume, the General Sherman Tree is 275 feet tall, 25 feet in diameter, volume roughly 52,000 cubic feet; it is a big ass tree. My neck was sore after visiting this park just because of constantly looking up in amazement of how big and humungous these trees are.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @ 14mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 1/6



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nick.ritenour posted a photo:

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The General Sherman Tree, the largest known living thing on earth



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Sequoias along the Big Tree Trail



Giant 1335 year old Sequoia tree cutting.

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Giant 1335 year old Sequoia tree cutting.



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The General Sherman Tree, the largest known living thing on earth