Sunday, January 30, 2005

Sequoia Gigantea

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This living flowing land
is all there is, forever

We are it
it sings through us-........."
Gary Snyder, from "By Frazier Creek Falls" in "Turtle Island"

This picture was taken in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite national Park. Below are enlarged details showing people for scale. The building and the people are about 30 feet further from the camera than the tree. The first BRANCH on some of these trees is six feet in diameter.
About these big trees, in the matter of longetivity they are undoubtedly one of the oldest living things on the planet. They range in age from 900 to 2100 years and in not a few cases some attain an age of 3000 years. The age of one tree logged had been determined with close approximate accuracy as 3148 years.

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