en beseffen wat belangrijk is in je leven,
waar je mee kunt leven, maar wat nog belangrijker is,
waar je niet zonder kunt leven.”
Engelse versie / English version: Take a step back
For years, we thought the sequoia would remain but now we have to be more prudent about keeping it alive.
About the House, About the Sequoia
The house will go away, perishable in the Eternity
Beyond the very notion of “day”
The Sequoia will remain, from life to life, as eternal entity
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- giant sequoias = world’s biggest trees begging to be climbed with perches to rest on.
- trees over 2000 years old > have had generations of families & native Americans gather around them.
- visiting Sequoia National Park + Kings Canyon = much more than just visiting the giant sequoia groves.
- the worlds largest tree by volume = The General Sherman Tree.
- view a reconstructed cabin originally built in 1872 by the Gamlin family.
- most poignant part of the hike = viewing the Centennial Stump which was cut and a 16 foot section reconstructed for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.
- the Twin Sisters = two trees fused together.
- mighty South Fork of the Kings River = one of the most awe inspiring + powerful rivers
- Zumwalt Meadow = Strewn boulders, rocky outcrops + rising granite all around
- Grizzly Falls = thunderous wall of water + mist coming off of it = pretty spectacular.
- Buena Vista Peak + Buena Vista Trail = incredible panoramic views from the summit.
- Crescent Meadow =starting point for High Sierra Trail = route from Giant Forest to Mount Whitney = one of the most striking backcountry trails in the country.
Have you walked among the giant sequoias? It’s always been a wish of mine, to wander among some of the world’s biggest trees. I’ve always admired big trees. I just moved into a house that is on a city park and my office windows face a soccer field that’s dotted with a few old growth trees. Trees with gnarled limbs and bark. Tree limbs that must span a hundred or more feet across. Trees that beg to be climbed with perches to rest on.
Seeing the sequoias has always been on my bucket list. I thought I would get up to Redwood National Forest actually first, but luck would have it that I found myself outside of LA.
While a lot of people save up vacation time or have enough to take a week and spend it inside a park, that’s not really what fits my life right now. I…
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“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept
just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt
~ Image, Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) by Ed Post
Text & image source: The Garden Of Pensiveness https://www.facebook.com/The-Garden-Of-Pensiveness-367268523352486/
Let us make sure that more people come to know the beauty we have to protect and safeguard for future generations.
- places in nature to captivate the soul
- Sequoia National Park tucked high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains = a sacred, enchanted place > inflame the imagination in the most stoic of souls.
- Giant Sequoias = mammoths of wood = most massive trees on our planet + many over 3,000 years old + standing steadfast + resilient through all problems between nations that came and went > cfr. Roman Empire > All of the power, dominance, influence, + hubris of a great empire rose + fell in a short span of this tree’s life
- spiritual experience calls one to contemplate the meager existence of our own lives + to reflect on the nature of time + the circle of life.
- to give us a great heaping dose of humility.
- to turn our perspectives upward + outward, + to find peace in the giant flowing river of space & time.
- Sequoia acorn = only about two inches by one inch + containing a little over 200 seeds => potential to become a giant forest in time, outliving many generations + entire civilizations of people.
Some places I wander into in nature captivate my soul in special ways, not just for their beauty and grandeur, but because they whisper into my very being and offer me something that we all need a heavy dose of from time to time, humility. Sequoia National Park was that special place that I recently visited. Tucked high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is a sacred, enchanted place that can inflame the imagination in the most stoic of souls. It is a place of wonder and magic that can hardly be put into words, only quietly and humbly felt in the presence of these wondrous ancient giants, the Sequoia trees.
The Giant Sequoias are the most massive trees on our planet. They are almost incomprehensible to behold, staring up from the base of these mammoths of wood. They grow up to 40 feet in diameter, stretch up to…
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In America they may be proud of their giant trees, but the inhabitants of that great space of wonders are also helping to destroy what is given to them in loan.
By all the pollution man has created our environment is crying for help.
For the first time in recorded history, tiny bark beetles emboldened by the climate crisis have started to kill giant sequoia trees, according to a joint National Park Service and US Geological Survey study set to be published later this year. Twenty-eight have gone since 2014. The combination of drought stress and fire damage appears to make the largest sequoias susceptible to deadly insect infestations that they would usually withstand.
California’s great drought took already care that lovely trees were enormously damaged. One of the 28 great trees which could not keep up though optimistically named Lazarus, was standing with proud in the Giant Forest in Sequoia national park, surrounded by other sequoias and a handful of cedars and pines that died with it in California’s great drought.
When Dr Christy Brigham, who is responsible for the welfare of the ecosystems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, saw Lazarus for the first time, all she could do was weep.
“This is a tree that has lived through 2,000 years of fires, other droughts, wet years, dry years, hot years, cold years. It’s been here longer than Europeans have been in this country and it’s dead. And it shouldn’t be dead.
This is not how giant sequoias die. It’s suppose to stand there for another 500 years with all its needles on it, this quirky, persistent, impressive, amazing thing, and then fall over. It’s not supposed to have all of its needles fall off from the top to the bottom and then stand there like that. That’s not how giant sequoias die,”
she says, standing next to the skeletal Lazarus as the occasional tourist wanders past.
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