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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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Walking With Giants

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

Walking With Giants



In the Muir Woods

Kasimir posted a photo:

In the Muir Woods



Walking With Giants

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

Walking With Giants



Yosemite National Park: Fallen Monarch in Mariposa Grove

lhboudreau posted a photo:

Yosemite National Park:  Fallen Monarch in Mariposa Grove

This Giant Sequoia fell 300 years ago yet it has deteriorated little over time. Whatever protected it in life protects it now.



Giant Sequoia in Chester

timnutt posted a photo:

Giant Sequoia in Chester

Wellingtonia, Sequoiadendron giganteum, in Grosvenor Park, Chester. Image stitched from 4 separate exposures of the base, lower crown, upper crown and top of the tree.



Looking up

McMac70 posted a photo:

Looking up

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Shadows

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Shadows



Abbey Road in the California redwoods

PeterThoeny posted a photo:

Abbey Road in the California redwoods

Visiting nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park is always a treat. On Saturday we went from the Silicon Valley over the hill towards the California coast and made a stop at this park. It was a wet day, which gave a mystical experience.

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The Mighty Sequoia

Todd Danger Farr posted a photo:

The Mighty Sequoia

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Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

openspacer posted a photo:

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD

Sequoia sempervirens, COAST REDWOOD. Leaves and cone. Old Haul Road, Pescadero Creek Park.



Old redwood stump showing slots cut for boards

openspacer posted a photo:

Old redwood stump showing slots cut for boards

Old redwood stump showing slots cut for boards. Old-time loggers had to stand on boards to position themselves to use their crosscut saws to fell the huge trees. Pescadero Creek Park.



General Sherman

garciacaleb202 posted a photo:

General Sherman



Géant a terre

jerome83210 posted a photo:

Géant a terre



Agassiz Tree

www78 posted a photo:

Agassiz Tree

Named for Swiss Zoologist Louis Agassiz, the 76.2m tall and 7.6m diameter Giant Sequoia is the largest in the park and is currently the 36th largest multicellular organism on Earth by volume.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, California



Palace Hotel Tree

www78 posted a photo:

Palace Hotel Tree

The Palace Hotel Tree was named in the 1970s by visitors who compared its large cavernous opening to the ostentatious courtyard of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, California



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Coastal Redwoods

Don Geyer posted a photo:

Coastal Redwoods

Coastal Redwood trees surrounded by ferns in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwoods National Park, California, USA.



Coastal Redwoods

Don Geyer posted a photo:

Coastal Redwoods

Coastal redwood trees and ferns in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwoods National Park, California, USA.



Coastal Redwoods and Ferns

Don Geyer posted a photo:

Coastal Redwoods and Ferns

Coastal redwood trees and ferns in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwoods National Park, California, USA.



Hiking Bridge Redwoods

Don Geyer posted a photo:

Hiking Bridge Redwoods

A bridge along a trail amongst coastal redwood trees and ferns in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwoods National Park, California, USA.