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06 July 2008 @ 11:28 am
The Giant Forest  
General Sherman, the giant Sequoia, is often said to be the largest tree in the world. It is not the tallest, or widest or the heaviest though and perhaps not even the largest by some other definitions. The tallest living tree is supposed to be a coastal redwood named hypernion. The Aspen grove in Utah, called Pando, has had a root system that's been alive for 80,000 years and is collectively five times heavier than General Sherman. The largest diameter belongs to a tree in Mexico. And the largest circumference for a tree belongs to a a Boabab in South Africa - the Sunland Boabab - which has a pub inside that seats fifty. So, General Sherman is the largest single-trunk tree by volume that still lives. And it lives in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park in California with a bunch of other giants. Regardless of the classifications, the giant trees are all impressive and we are lucky to have them living with us.

Walking in the home of these giants, looking up towards the sky can get rather dizzy. At first, the feeling is as if we were magically transformed into a world of fantasy which only exists in a fairytale. An amazing place.






Among giants, the giant General Sherman is inconspicuous






With a fence around it, the most famous tree of the Grove stands tall...






...and it is gigantic!






A ranger talks about the life and history of these giant trees






A path between two Sequoias...






...is the time to experience the feeling of being a lilliputian.






 
 
 
kejnkejn on July 6th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
woah!!! :-O
got your money's worth out of that lens too, didn't you...
Yathinyathin on July 6th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm glad I had the fisheye lens with me on this trip.
smiles_tinasmiles_tina on July 6th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Wow!! Those are some huge trees!! How come the pics seem to converge towards the centre?
Yathinyathin on July 6th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
That's because the lens I used for these photographs is an extremely wide angle lens also known as "fisheye" lens:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisheye_lens
smiles_tinasmiles_tina on July 7th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Ooooh nice! And I learn something new every single day :)
moment_of_memoment_of_me on July 7th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
It's the march of the Ents! How magically beautiful!

ashbirderashbirder on July 7th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
i'm jealous
Krishna Kumarkrishkumar on July 7th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
wonderful! glad you put people in some pics to see how big those trees actually are.