Tuesday, September 1, 2009

G is for Giant Sequoia

Well, gee whiz, here Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday Round 5 is at G!

Giant Sequoias are the world's largest trees in terms of total volume ....They grow to an average height of 50-85 m (165-280 ft) and 6-8 m (18-24 ft) in diameter. Record trees have been measured to be 94.8 m (311 ft) in height and 17 m (57 ft) in diameter. The oldest known Giant Sequoia based on ring count is 3,500 years old. Sequoia bark is fibrous, furrowed, and may be 90 cm (3 ft) thick at the base of the columnar trunk. It provides significant fire protection for the trees....(from Wikipedia)

Grandson Byron Shock at base
of Giant Sequoia in Sequoia National Park
photos by Candace Shock

Grizzley Giant
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite National Park

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Rinkly Rimes said...

A Grizzly Giant and a Gorgeous Grandson! Great!

jinksy said...

Those are some awesome giants!

Roger Owen Green said...

Someday, I NEED to see those trees. Gigantic!

~JarieLyn~ said...

Those giant sequoias are magnificent. My husband and I saw some a few years back and there was one tree that we actually drove through. It really is a beautiful sight. Great post, and your profile picture makes me smile.

Janie said...

The girth of these gorgeous trees is just amazing. Cute photo with your grandson!

Jay said...

Those are AMAZING trees, Granny! I've seen some sequoias just north of San Francisco, but I think the coastal variety must be a bit smaller than their inland cousins. The ones you have in your post are stunning.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a great G : ) Love your creative thinking. It is always so wonderful to come over and visit you! Hugs!

anno said...

Those sequoias are a miracle, and even with people shown for scale, it's hard to appreciate how it feels to stand among them. They are truly another world, one we are just beginning to explore.

M. D. Vaden of Oregon said...

Those sure have a nice bark color. The Grizzly Giant is rather photogenic.

Its not a Giant Sequoia, but the Lost Monarch Coast Redwood is pretty hefty too, being a few inches wider than General Sherman at dbh or chest height. The General has the bigger wood volume though.

M. D. Vaden of Oregon