Wednesday, August 19, 2009

California Collision: Giant Sequoias

The largest species of tree is the giant sequoia, which grows only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With limited success, the tree has been cultivated in the eastern United States and in Europe.

There are three Sequoia groves within Yosemite National Park, we visited Tuolumne, although Mariposa Grove is the most visited of the three groves. There are about twenty mature sequoias within Tuolumne. It's a two mile walk from the nearest road to the grove, so it's not overrun with people.

The trees are massive, so much so that they are difficult to photograph. That's not the case with the the seedling on the left. But there is a high mortality rate for young trees. But once they're big enough, they are tough to kill--except of course by logging. But most of the trees exist on protected land.

Earlier posts:

Glacier Point Sunset
Half Dome
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Chapel
El Capitan
Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Yosemite
Bridalveil Fall
El Portal
Obama's economic stimulus "campaign sign" stains Yosemite National Park
San Francisco and Homelessness
Is something going on here?
The Castro
F-line Streetcars
Angel Island
San Francisco's Chinatown
Fisherman's Wharf
Harvey Milk's Camera Shop
San Francisco's Union Square
The Painted Ladies
San Francisco and the military
Mission San Francisco de Asís
San Francisco's sea lions
San Francisco's blues mural
San Francisco: Cable cars

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