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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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Trail of the Sequoias

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Trail of the Sequoias



Tharp's Log

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Tharp's Log



Chief Sequoyah: We made it.

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Chief Sequoyah: We made it.

Trail of the Sequoias met up with Congress Trail here. Just another mile or so to the park entrance.



Tharp's Log

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Tharp's Log



Sequoia tree pinecone

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Sequoia tree pinecone



General Sherman, with hail

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General Sherman, with hail



Trail of the Sequoias

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Trail of the Sequoias

Just after this photo was taken, the skies started to rumble with thunder. Lightning lit up the forest, and within a few minutes the clouds unleashed a hail storm on us. We were miles inside the forest.



Black Jack tree

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Black Jack tree



Jon with Chief Sequoyah

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Jon with Chief Sequoyah



Meadow in Sequoia National Park

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Meadow in Sequoia National Park



Victory!

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Victory!

Soaked in hail and sweat, we made it out of the woods.



Chimney Tree

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Chimney Tree



Chimney Tree

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Chimney Tree



Sugar Pine cones in Sequoia National Park

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Sugar Pine cones in Sequoia National Park



Trail sign

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Trail sign

Deep in the sequoia forest.



Trail of the Sequoias

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Trail of the Sequoias



Trail of the Sequoias sign

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Trail of the Sequoias sign

The sign we missed when starting our hike. We ended up going miles out of the way.



Black Jack tree

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Black Jack tree



Pine cones in Sequoia National Park

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Pine cones in Sequoia National Park



Liz, Jon, and Chief Sequoyah

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Liz, Jon, and Chief Sequoyah