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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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Mount Silliman

Christopher Wallace posted a photo:

Mount Silliman

Seen from Wuksachi Lodge,
Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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The General Sherman Sequoia

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The General Sherman Sequoia



Marble Fork, Kaweah River

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Marble Fork, Kaweah River

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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Sequoia

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Sequoia

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Dogwood Flowers

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Dogwood Flowers



Dogwood Flower

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Dogwood Flower

Spring in the Sierra



Sunset over Mount Silliman

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Sunset over Mount Silliman

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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Halstead Meadow

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Halstead Meadow

Sequoia National Park: Three Rivers, California.

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Sunset Light | Yosemite National Park, California

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Sunset Light | Yosemite National Park, California

Sunset lights and shadows at Yosemite Tunnel View.

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Walking With Giants

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Walking With Giants



Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias



The Road into to Kings Canyon

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The Road into to Kings Canyon

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Bridalveil Falls | Yosemite National Park, California

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Bridalveil Falls | Yosemite National Park, California

Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, seen yearly by millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park. The waterfall is 188 metres in height and flows year round.

The Ahwahneechee tribe believed that Bridalveil Fall was home to a vengeful spirit named Pohono who guarded the entrance to the valley and that those leaving the valley must not look directly into the waterfall lest they be cursed. They also believed that inhaling the mist of Bridalveil Fall would improve one's chances of marriage.

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Clères

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Clères

Parc de Clères - Séquoïa



Sequoia

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Sequoia

Tuolumne Sequoia Grove



Downed Sequoia Roots

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Downed Sequoia Roots

Tuolumne Sequoia Grove



Walk Through Sequoia Stump

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Walk Through Sequoia Stump

Tuolumne Sequoia Grove



Morning Coffee

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Morning Coffee

Marty drinking a morning coffee in Sequoia National Park over the forest, California



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Cabezón de la Sal.

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