Giants of the Forest

December 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Have you seen the redwoods our country has on display?  They are magnificent specimens of nature!  They can live thousands of years, and some of the species are the largest and tallest trees in the world. The Giant Sequoia can easily be seen in Sequoia National Park/Kings Canyon National Park, California.  The park was established in 1890 to protect and preserve these massive trees.  Some of the trees have burn scars from forest fires but they are tough and continue to grow.  I read a sign there that said the trees do to die of old age, but die from falling over and other causes.  Who knows how long these giants could actually live? 

Giants of the Forest (California)Giants of the Forest (California)Giant Sequoia are massively larger than the other pine trees that grow around them.

When visiting the park, be sure to look for General Sherman and General Grant.  These are special trees, distinguished from the other giant sequoias even.  General Sherman is the world's tallest tree (per park info) at 275 feet tall.  General Grant is the second largest tree in the world (per Wiki.)  There is also a fallen tree that cars can drive through.  There can be a line here as people pose for photos on the log and for photos of their vehicle going through the cut out in the tree.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have amazing views of the mountains.  In spring flowers grow on the mountain sides.  The California poppies are spectacular!  

Golden Poppies (California)Golden Poppies (California)

Don't forget to pick up your Junior Ranger workbook when you get to the park (ask for it at the Visitor Center - it's free.)

 


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