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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

perkot posted a photo:

Sequoia

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia



Discovery Tree/Big Stump

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Discovery Tree/Big Stump

The first Giant Sequoia discovered by Augustus Dowd was by far the largest, a massive behemoth 91m in height. Being as it was of the time, the first thing some saw was profit. On 27 June, 1853, the "Mammoth Tree" was cut down after being stripped of its bark. The effort took a crew three weeks, using Pump augers and chisels as no saw was large enough to cut through it. The rings found that the tree was some 1200 years old, relatively young for the giants. The stripped bark and sections of the tree were then showcased in New York, where it was declared a hoax. The bark would be destroyed in a fire only two years later.

One commentator would write:
"...what in the world could have possessed any mortal to embark in such speculation with this mountain of wood? In its natural condition, rearing its majestic head towards heaven, and waving in all its native vigour, strength and verdure, it was a sight worth a pilgrimage to see; but now, alas, It is only a monument of the cupidity of those who have destroyed all there was of interest connected with it."

The stump of what became the "Discovery Tree" remained popular with the flood of visitors that now began arriving at the "Calaveras Big Trees", which by 1853 had become California's first tourist attraction. At various times, the stump was used as a picnic spot, ballroom, bowling alley and bar.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, California



giant redwood makes hay

ziggy ZOMba posted a photo:

giant redwood makes hay

Summer draws to a close, and the seedling finds its feet.



The Beast, almost one year and 5 months.

Dirk Desmet posted a photo:

The Beast, almost one year and 5 months.

Brutus, The Beast, almost one year and 5 months.

Sequoiadendron Giganteum.

He's now 1 year and almost 5 months old. Want to grow a bonsai from him, as I may not put him in the garden (my wife is prohibiting me)... unless someone in the neighbourhood wants to adopt him to let him grow in the wild, I urge you to please do make contact with me ;)
Anyway, I took some cuttings from a few branches, hopefully they push some roots fast so I can have some brothers from Brutus very soon.



The beast's throat !

Dirk Desmet posted a photo:

The beast's throat !

Brutus his throat is getting very solid.

Sequoiadendron giganteum.

He's now 1 year and almost 5 months old. Want to grow a bonsai from him, as I may not put him in the garden (my wife is prohibiting me)... unless someone in the neighbourhood wants to adopt him to let him grow in the wild, I urge you to please do make contact with me ;)
Anyway, I took some cuttings from a few branches, hopefully they push some roots fast so I can have some brothers from Brutus very soon.



The giants

supersky77 posted a photo:

The giants

Huge squoia trees in Sequoia National Park



The General Sherman

Riccardo V. posted a photo:

The General Sherman

The General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood), nor is it the widest (both the largest cypress and largest baobab have a greater diameter), nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to a Great Basin bristlecone pine).With a height of 83.8 metres (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 metres (25 ft), an estimated bole volume of 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300?2,700 years, it is nevertheless among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.



Edinburgh - Royal Botanic Garden

Chlo clo posted a photo:

Edinburgh - Royal Botanic Garden

Sequoiadendron giganteum



The go up

thkliquid posted a photo:

The go up

Moro Rock at Sequoia National Forest
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Zen moment, Muir Woods, California

isabella.cabre posted a photo:

Zen moment, Muir Woods,  California

siiting on a bench contemplating nature



Sun peeking through the woods, Muir Woods, California

isabella.cabre posted a photo:

Sun peeking through the woods, Muir Woods, California



sun rays in the woods, Muir Woods, California

isabella.cabre posted a photo:

sun rays in the woods, Muir Woods, California

sun rays reflecting on the sequoias



trail in the redwoods, Muir Woods, California

isabella.cabre posted a photo:

trail in the redwoods, Muir Woods, California

trail in the woods, Muir woods, California



Muir Woods, California

isabella.cabre posted a photo:

Muir Woods, California

trail, Muir woods, California



gleam on a stream, Muir Woods, California

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gleam on a stream, Muir Woods, California

gleam on a stream in Muir woods, California



Big Tree, Little Boy

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Big Tree, Little Boy



sunset on a really big tree.jpg

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sunset on a really big tree.jpg



The Great Sequoia

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The Great Sequoia



Sequoia Park

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Sequoia Park



Sequoia

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Sequoia