Avenue of the Giants

The morning started out beautifully with sun peeking through the clouds and fog

More blue sky was showing by the time I approached the Avenue of the Giants

And then I was in the shadow of some of the world’s most amazing living beings…

The country road is dwarfed by these giant trees. There are some spots between trees on either side of the road where two cars can barely squeeze through. 

To quote the brochure: This world-famous scenic drive is an alternate 31-mile country road which parallels and intersects Hwy 101 with its 51,222 acres of magnificent redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt and is easily accessible with convenient services provided along the way. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. Take time to picnic, camp, hike, swim, fish, raft, bike ride, or simply experience the peace in the cool hush of these ancient old growth forests.Shooting straight up into the treetops. One can only imagine what these forests must have looked like before the loggers wiped out some of the biggest, most impressive specimens. There are even trees where holes have been cut into them for the tourists to drive through. No pictures of that to be found here since I consider it to be a sacrilege. (Apparently the most famous of these no longer stands according to the article linked below.)

A fallen tree becomes a “mother tree” where new growth sprouts.

For more detailed descriptions of various parks and groves throughout the redwood belt click here. There are also some old black and white shots from early days when some of the bigger trees remained.

For more fascinating details about the Redwoods, where and how they grow, etc…  click here (with translations in various languages)

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26 thoughts on “Avenue of the Giants

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  3. You did a great job of capturing as much as possible for the rest of us who are wishing we were right beside you, sharing in this experience. You did in a magical part of the world, don’t you? My favorite photo is probably the one where you’re looking up up UP.

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  4. My son went through there a couple years ago and came back almost speechless…had some similar photos…stunning…and still on “my list” of places to visit. Thank you.

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    • ‘Speechless’ because there is no way to convey the actual experience with pictures or words. I intend to go down to visit these majestic trees whenever I can. And… you are so welcome!

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    • The pictures don’t begin to convey the actual feeling of being there and judging by old time pictures I’ve seen, what remains is nothing compared to what it used to be before the loggers mowed down the really huge trees. I guess we should be grateful that some smart people banded together to preserve what remains to this day.

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  5. Top photo is incredible. Almost looks like a row of fires with smoke signals being sent. And now we see those beauties in full. Can’t imagine cutting a hole through one for lazy humans to drive through – how dare we?

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    • People do some truly strange things. I much prefer the folks who worked at preserving these groves before they were all wiped out by logging to the ones who wanted to cut them down and cut holes through them.

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    • I suggest waiting until after Labor Day at this point. Pretty soon those peaceful groves will be crawling with tourists. It already seemed as though there were far more folks than I remembered. I ran into a bit tour bus at several stops.

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  6. I really like the clouds in the 1st shot…they look as though they are dancing through the forest…. the road gives some perspective on #4 as to just how BIG they are and the sunlight hitting the tree in photo 6 ..really pretty…Enjoy your trip Gunta….nice to look at these over my afternoon tea…very nice!.

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    • I suspect those clouds (fog) are truly dancing through the forest. This quote from the 2nd link I provided at the end of the post:
      “When fog comes into contact with redwood trees, it condenses into liquid water and drips off the foliage onto the ground. In this way, redwoods and other giant trees “strip water” from the fog and drip it onto the ground, where it is used not only by the redwoods but by other plants as well. “

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      • I saw a National Geographic documentary about the Redwoods, explaining the process they used to photograph one of the tallest trees and piece the sections, to show the full tree shot…INCREDIBLE!! …It also explained how the Redwoods have adapted to utilize and maximize the moisture from the fog….providing… micro-climates which form in the branches, generating MINI FORESTS with animal life and vegetation which grow within these high branches of the tallest trees…it was an AMAZING documentary! Oh how I wish I were there!!!

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