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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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"Sequoia Textures" - Kings Canyon National Park

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"Sequoia Textures" - Kings Canyon National Park

Just off of the parking lot for General Grant Tree is this cluster of sequoias. With the sun behind them, i wanted to capture the textures of the barks on these trees. To feel them, they actually are quite soft, kind of like a hard sponge. But the texture is rough with plenty of details to capture.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II @ 20mm
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General Grant Tree - Kings Canyon National Park

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General Grant Tree - Kings Canyon National Park

By volume, the General Grant Tree is the 3rd largest tree and widest known sequoia in the world. It is also been known as the "Nation's Christmas Tree" and a living shrine to service members who have gave their lives to the United States.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II @ 20mm
ISO: 100
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"One and a Half Sequoias" - Kings Canyon National Park

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"One and a Half Sequoias" - Kings Canyon National Park

Located in the General Grant Forest of Kings Canyon National Park are some of the most massive trees in the world, the Giant Sequoias which from a seedling (no bigger than an oat) to rise to 280-311 feet. These trees can withstand fire, splitting, snow, etc. In this case, the trunk of the sequoia on the left was split. It does eventually grow to a full trunk. No idea how this happened. I'm guessing a lightning strike hit it while in developement

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II @ 18mm
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/30



Random Sequoia Tree in the middle of Versailles

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Random Sequoia Tree in the middle of Versailles



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Wildflowers in Mariposa Grove

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Mariposa Grove Sequoias

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Giant Redwood branches out

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The General Sherman Tree inside Sequoia National Park in California

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The General Sherman Tree inside Sequoia National Park in California

Sequoia National Park was established on September 25, 1890. The park spans 404,063 acres (631.35 sq mi; 1,635.18 km2). Encompassing a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet (4,000 m), the park contains among its natural resources the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet (4,421 m) above sea level.



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