Giant Sequoia’s Pt. 3.1 – Healthy Redwood Ecology

My ultimate destination was surrounded by the Giant Forest, one of the last large areas with old growth trees left. Here are some highlights before we get to the meadow.

Someone squatted and  made this cabin in the 1800’sP1100411

There were a lot of giant trees

 

 

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And gnarled oldies

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Massive trees

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So tall too

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Sometimes they cluster

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Other times they stick out

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How is it growing out of this boulder?

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What do you see in these stones?

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Twins

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Peek-a-boo!

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Getting out of the way

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So tall

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Their roots are quite interesting

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This area was quite dense, too dense. The sequoia trees need open forest to thrive

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So the national park does prescribed fires to clear out the underbrush

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Sometimes fire takes out the giants, but this one was sprouting anew

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Some just get scarred

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Others burn through the roots, into the ground

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But those efforts have brought forth many new seqouia trees for future generations

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They come from seeds out of these egg-sized cones

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A cleared section with a tree that has a very large burl, or growth, on it

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This one burned on its trunk in weird ways, but has started to grow over those scars

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A preview of the meadows ahead

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Fairytale Land, seriously.

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