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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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Robert Scoble

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

Robert Scoble



Hungry

Katka S. posted a photo:

Hungry



Sunshine breaking through Redwoods

NeuroNeuroNeuro posted a photo:

Sunshine breaking through Redwoods



Las sequoias de Poio

Javier Díaz Barrera (javierdiazbarrera.es) posted a photo:

Las sequoias de Poio

Se trata de un paraje único en Europa, el "Bosque de Colón", en Poio, al lado de Pontevedra, que ha crecido gracias a los ejemplares de sequoias donados en el quinto centenario del descubrimiento (1992) por el gobierno americano, por lo que estas jovencitas han cumplido hace poco 25 años. Es la mayor plantación de su clase en Europa.



Into The Woods

NeuroNeuroNeuro posted a photo:

Into The Woods

Macro Mondays
-A young redwood tree was cut down after a storm revealing its young growth.



Kimberly Shoemaker

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

Kimberly Shoemaker



Redwood grove with fallen tree

NeuroNeuroNeuro posted a photo:

Redwood grove with fallen tree

Big basin state park, California



Redwoods in Big Basin State Park, CA

NeuroNeuroNeuro posted a photo:

Redwoods in Big Basin State Park, CA

Sequoia sempervirens. just before midday on a hike in Big Basin. Canon 16mm adapted to Sony



Californian Redwood Forest

faj2323 posted a photo:

Californian Redwood Forest

A stream beside the Californian Redwood Forest, near Beech Forest.



Californian Redwood Forest

faj2323 posted a photo:

Californian Redwood Forest

The Californian Redwood Forest, near Beech Forest.



Sequoia

emiliano.bertocchi posted a photo:

Sequoia



Thoughts

emiliano.bertocchi posted a photo:

Thoughts



sequoia yearlings

ripplestone garden posted a photo:

sequoia yearlings



Insel mainau

Hans van der Boom posted a photo:

Insel mainau

Mainau Island. The 45 hectar Mainau Island lies just off the shores of Lake Constance the far south-west of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. The over 150 year old Arboretum with giant sequoias welcomes you to relax and enjoy nature seasons. Around a million tulips, rhododendrons, scented roses, perennials and colourful dahlias bloom in the park and gardens. Palms and citrus plants lend a Mediterranean flair to the island in summer.



Insel mainau

Hans van der Boom posted a photo:

Insel mainau

Mainau Island. The 45 hectar Mainau Island lies just off the shores of Lake Constance the far south-west of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. The over 150 year old Arboretum with giant sequoias welcomes you to relax and enjoy nature seasons. Around a million tulips, rhododendrons, scented roses, perennials and colourful dahlias bloom in the park and gardens. Palms and citrus plants lend a Mediterranean flair to the island in summer.



Insel mainau

Hans van der Boom posted a photo:

Insel mainau

Mainau Island. The 45 hectar Mainau Island lies just off the shores of Lake Constance the far south-west of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. The over 150 year old Arboretum with giant sequoias welcomes you to relax and enjoy nature seasons. Around a million tulips, rhododendrons, scented roses, perennials and colourful dahlias bloom in the park and gardens. Palms and citrus plants lend a Mediterranean flair to the island in summer.



Insel mainau

Hans van der Boom posted a photo:

Insel mainau

Mainau Island. The 45 hectar Mainau Island lies just off the shores of Lake Constance the far south-west of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. The over 150 year old Arboretum with giant sequoias welcomes you to relax and enjoy nature seasons. Around a million tulips, rhododendrons, scented roses, perennials and colourful dahlias bloom in the park and gardens. Palms and citrus plants lend a Mediterranean flair to the island in summer.



Parson Jones Tree

MikeWeinhold posted a photo:

Parson Jones Tree

Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve



small sequoia in the morning rain

moefadam - naturesurprises.com posted a photo:

small sequoia in the morning rain



Fallen Log

jdub003 posted a photo:

Fallen Log

Sequoia National Park