Travels in the SW – US – day 3

Some spectacles are simply too awesome to capture with a camera, no matter the skill of the photographer.

My measly efforts don’t begin to do the massive trees at Sequoia National Park any justice. After all, they are one of the oldest living trees and simply massive and tall.  Luckily this was one spot that wasn’t totally overrun with visitors, but we didn’t see a bear. 😦

Here’s an interesting comparison of Sequoias and Redwoods from OhRanger.com:

GIANT
SEQUOIA
CALIFORNIA COAST REDWOOD

To 311 feet

Height

To 367.8 feet

To 3,200 years

Age

To 2,000 years

To 2.7 million lbs.

Weight

To 1.6 million lbs.

To 31 in. thick

Bark

To 12 in. thick

To 8 ft. diameter

Branches

To 5 ft. diameter

To 40 ft. diameter

Bases

To 22 ft. diameter

By seed only

Reproduce

By seed or root sprout

As large as oat flakes

Seed Size

As large as tomato seeds

Shaped like a
chicken’s egg

Cones

Shaped like a
large olive

Small, overlapping,
awl-shaped needles

Foliage

Single needles that
fall off in sprays
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