Giant Sequoia

A Path Through the Really Big Trees
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, CA; OCT 2020

This past week we visited Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It is one of several groves of the Giant Sequoia trees in California. It is a wonderful place to saunter through a forest which includes about 20 of these precious giants as well as large pines and cedars.

Please click on caption to see image at higher resolution.

Shepard of the Really Big Trees
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, CA; OCT 2020
A Path Through the Really Big Trees – P3
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, CA; OCT 2020
A Path Through the Really Big Trees – P2
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, CA; OCT 2020
Morning in the Forest of Giants
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, CA; OCT 2020

Please visit my website, www.earthwatcher.us to see my collection of landscapes and wildlife.

These and other images are available to purchase by contacting larry.klink@earthwatcher.us.

Special Trees

The Steadfast Bristlecone Pine
Great Basin National Park, NV; OCT 2015

Today I am featuring some special trees: The The Great Basin Brisltecone Pine (Pinus longevea), the Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). Most of the images are from California but one comes from Great Basin National Park in Nevada.

There are only 8 groves of the Giant Sequoia in the world. They are all located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. These wonders grow more than 300 feet tall with diameters that exceed 50 feet. The branches on these trees are often bigger than the trunks of trees I see every day.

The Coastal Redwood is found only along the coasts of Northern California with just a slight incursion into Oregon. These trees are the tallest in the world, reaching heights in excess of 375 feet and diameters in excess of 30 feet. Many of these trees are over 600 years old with the oldest known tree 2,200 years old.

The Bristlecone pines are small, gnarled, ancient trees some of which have lived more than 5,000 years. They grow at high altitudes and like poor soil conditions. They are tough old buggers.

Note: Please click on caption to see image at higher resolution

Among the Elders
Sequoia National Park, OCT 2014
Early Morning Among the Coastal Redwoods
Jedediah Smith State Redwoods Park, CA, JAN 2013
A Path Through the Forest
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA JUL 2013
Sequoia Giganteum
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA, DEC 2013
Bristlecone Pine in Spring
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA, JUL 2014
Sun Awakening A Family of Redwoods
Jedediah Smith State Redwoods Park, CA, JAN 2013

A Testament to Time
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA; JUL 2013

Guardian of the Valley
Schullman Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA; MAY 2016

Please visit my website, www.earthwatcher.us to see my collection of landscapes and wildlife.

These and other images are available to purchase by contacting larry.klink@earthwatcher.us.

Giant Sequoia – Their Sculptural Beauty

Image of the trunk and roots of a giant sequoia tree.
Untitled, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, JUL 2011

Five years ago, I saw the giant sequoia for the first time. Like most people, I was in awe of these giant trees.  Their imposing size and their presence in the forest really impressed me.  My images Among the Elders and Sequoia Giganteum attempt to capture the scale of these trees.  However, I also found that the furrows and ridges of their bark create a sculptural beauty that is striking.  Over the ensuing years, I’ve taken images of a few trees whose patterns really struck me.  Here is a sample of what I found.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Regards,

Larry

Note: Click on image caption to see image in larger size.

Image of part of the trunk of a Giant Sequoia
Giant Sequoia, Yosemite National Park, OCT 2014

Image of a burl on the trunk of a giant sequoia tree.
Untitled, Sequoia National Park, OCT 2014

Image of a portion of a giant sequoia that had fallen to the ground.
Fallen Sequoia, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold, CA, JUL 2011

Note: These and images are available for purchase on my website: http://www.earthwatcher.us or by contacting larry@earthwatcher.us