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Walking among the Giant Sequoias

To remember:

  • 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.

 

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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 Sequoia Adventure: The Captivating Forest of Dreams

When human beings keep denying global warming and shall not be willing to do something against the climate change, then lots of our world its beauty and grandeur, shall be lost for ever.

Let us make sure that more people come to know the beauty we have to protect and safeguard for future generations.

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To remember.

  • 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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The near-indestructible giant trees in danger

The miraculous story of the near-indestructible giant trees that millions of Americans tell their children is no longer true.

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.

2000 year old Lazarus in 2020 a dead monarch sequoia, standing surrounded by a handful of cedars and pines that died in California’s great drought

 

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‘This is not how sequoias die. It’s supposed to stand for another 500 years’

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Happy New Year to you from Sequoia National Park in Winter!

The beautiful photos of Cindy Barton Knoke not only reflect the amazing splendour of God’s creation, they also clearly show the nullity of man in that great whole.

These photos are also a wonderful gift to use every year to open it, with good intentions.

We wish you a wonderful New Year, in a nature that we must certainly stand up for, so that people do not damage that beautiful wonder further.

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Love & Peace to you from Sequoia!

And the very Happiest & Healthiest New Year!

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We are in the Land of the Giants, Sequoia NP, where the oldest trees are 3,200 years old, the tallest are 311 feet, and the heaviest 2.7 million pounds. Their bark can be up to 31 inches thick. Sequoia branches reach up to eight feet in diameter and their tree bases up to forty feet in diameter (Source: James D. Knoke).

We are spending New Years with the trees, and hardly any people. Due to California’s severe drought, many parts of the park not normally accessible in winter are open, and we are taking advantage of it! (Please click to enlarge).

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The satellite is not a happy camper up here which is why you haven’t heard from me for awhile, and we will see if I can get this post out. This is a shot of the sunset reflecting off the Sierras.

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