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.
There were a lot of giant trees
And gnarled oldies
So tall too
Sometimes they cluster
Other times they stick out
How is it growing out of this boulder?
What do you see in these stones?
Getting out of the way
Their roots are quite interesting
This area was quite dense, too dense. The sequoia trees need open forest to thrive
So the national park does prescribed fires to clear out the underbrush
Sometimes fire takes out the giants, but this one was sprouting anew
Some just get scarred
Others burn through the roots, into the ground
But those efforts have brought forth many new seqouia trees for future generations
They come from seeds out of these egg-sized cones
A cleared section with a tree that has a very large burl, or growth, on it
This one burned on its trunk in weird ways, but has started to grow over those scars
A preview of the meadows ahead
Fairytale Land, seriously.