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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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Agassiz Tree

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Agassiz Tree



Palace Hotel Tree

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Palace Hotel Tree



Up

Kurt Lawson posted a photo:

Up

Look up! Standing between two giants, I looked up to see this. Like virtually any other giant, the one I was closest to shows signs of battle damage. Battle with fire. But, this tree has persevered since that damage for centuries as it continues to reach higher and higher and wider. Dwarfing me and my comparatively tiny self, in stature and in lifespan, I pondered the stories they would tell if I could speak to the trees. But I was mistaken, since like the scar of the long gone fire, trees have much to tell us about our world. These superlative trees I adore. How foolish the first non-native people were to look at these trees as anything other than trees to be admired and revered. From when I first learned of their existence to when I first encountered one in person almost 20 years ago, I have never understood how one might seek to fell a giant tree that has stood for millennia for lumber. I hope the trees outlast our shortsightedness.



Giant Sequoia

Jolita Kievi?ien? posted a photo:

Giant Sequoia

Kings Canyon National Park, California



Foot of a Giant

matthias7m posted a photo:

Foot of a Giant

At the foot of a Giant, Sequoia tree, possibly 3.000 years old - Am Fuße eines Giganten. Mammutbaum, möglicherweise 3.000 Jahre alt.



I Dreamed We Ran Away

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I Dreamed We Ran Away

California's Sierra Nevada Mountains



Towering Above All Else

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Towering Above All Else

Giant Sequoia Tree



SEQUOIA

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SEQUOIA



Heavy Snow in the Giant Forest

Kurt Lawson posted a photo:

Heavy Snow in the Giant Forest

The largest single living tree by volume on the entire planet sticks out effortlessly amid heavy snowfall in Sequoia National Park on a spectacular winter day. Like my trip a few weeks earlier to Yosemite National Park, the stars aligned for me to experience the transformation of this park in the snow. The General Sherman tree truly is superlative. In this 70mm view from a ways away, the photographic challenge of capturing it is clear. However the lack of slope and branches in the lower half of the tree make it seem like a skyscraper. It stands as a giant red monolith in the forest, with the tops or discernible slope in its shape only visible by tilting one?s head way up. The old giants really do stick out and are accented dramatically by covering the reddish brown dirt with white. The snowfall muffled the sound to dead silence, with only the occasional bit of wind interrupting.



Big Tree Meadow

Brady Baker posted a photo:

Big Tree Meadow

Quiet morning following a heavy snowfall-- majestic giant sequoia towers over the snowy meadow



Dwarfed

Melinda * Young posted a photo:

Dwarfed

by two Giant Sequoias. A bench.
At the UC Botanical Garden.
HBM!



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North_Wales_0056

Métaséquoia du Sechuan, Metasequoia glyptostroboides.



Bodnant Garden, North Wales.

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Bodnant Garden, North Wales.

Sequoia tree.



Muir Woods

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Muir Woods



Muir Woods

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Muir Woods



Kimberly Shoemaker

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Kimberly Shoemaker



Hobbs Woods

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Hobbs Woods

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Hobbs Woods

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Hobbs Woods

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