Friday, February 18, 2011

The fall of a Giant...

The recent snowstorm that affected much of Midwest America has brought the local electric company out in full force... Sure, I hate loosing power because of a fallen limb, but it's difficult to watch the pruning my trees.  I have a large-giant-pine tree that a previous owner regretfully planted in the path of the power lines probably 30 years ago.  It has stood tall and proud even as it endured limbs routinely removed as it continued to grow into the lines.  This year we had no choice-it had to go.  It's hard to watch a tree that took 30 years to reach it's height fall within a few minutes and the void that it has left in my yard is heartbreaking...

I guess this post is a tribute to giants, and my love of trees...  

We took a trip to San Fransisco three years ago and decided to take a two day detour to the  Sequoia National Forest..  to view the largest trees on earth.  When you enter the park, the world becomes surreal, almost magical. I felt as if I was in another land, something that C.S Lewis might have created for a scene in Narnia...

The trees are so incomprehensibly huge, it's hard to take a photo that accurately captures their size.  The Giant Sequoias have the largest volume of mass of any tree on earth..  The General Sherman tree, which is roughly 2200 years old,  has the record of being the biggest tree on the planet with the following measurements:   trunk circumference-103 feet, base diameter-40 feet, weight-1385 tons!  Think of the dimensions of the room that you're in right now and try to wrap your mind around a tree 40 feet wide...




In the first photo above, it's hard to realize the size of the tree until Grace- my daughter-
 appears in the second photo!

Photo, above left, The General Sherman Tree-The largest tree on earth!
The photo on the right is Jeff and I-somewhat hidden by a tree...

Nickols Family 2008


Long live the giants...

3 comments:

  1. That is one of the places I must go some day! I have only seen another huge tree so far, the "arbol de tule" that measures a 119 ft trunk circumference. Seeing trees like this really puts you into place on how life can be.

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  2. Amazing trees . . . to stand beneath them is truly humbling. I can barely remember visiting . . . it was so long ago. Wonderful to see your photos! I have empathy with you about your pine. It is sad and as you say hard to see a tree that has for years grown into a certain girth and height being brought down so quickly.

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  3. I can remember reading about this when I was a child. I'd love to go there one day.

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