Over Thanksgiving, I decided to travel to Sequoia and Yosemite. I hadn’t been to either National Park and after seeing so many photos from that area I decided I had to go! (This post will focus on Sequoia and I have another blog up about Yosemite).
The drive into the park was gorgeous. The above left photo is me at a viewpoint where I stopped on the way into the park. The first famous sequoia on my list was General Sherman, the largest tree in the world by volume. The above right photo is my first sight of General Sherman on the trail.
Above: General Sherman in all its glory, sunlit and standing proud and tall in the little clearing where it has been growing for about 2,000 years (and it’s considered to be only a middle-aged sequoia!) You can see just how gigantic it is by the size comparison between it and the people.
Above: General Sherman, with the lighting a little different and the shadows growing longer.
Above are four photos of various sequoias in the park. It is difficult to get a whole sequoia in a photo (even with a wide angle lens) since they are so tall and huge!
Above: the “Tough Twins” are two sequoias growing right next to each other on either side of the path. They are survivors from a forest fire and have some serious burn marks that are so large that you can stand part-way into the trees!
Sequoias that have fallen are sometimes turned into part of the path through the park like the two photos above.
Although they are so gigantic, sequoias actually have pretty shallow roots and they also have tiny pinecones!
Above: I couldn’t resist hugging some giant sequoias.
Above: General Grant was another one of the famous sequoias I had the pleasure of seeing and I got to walk through the loveliest sunlit pathway.
Sequoia National Park was an amazing adventure and I can’t wait to go back!
Seeing your photos, reminds me that we are so lucky to have these national parks. Need to go back soon. Thanks for sharing.
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Yes, they are so beautiful! 🙂
I just went back in November. You can’t explain the feeling of seeing those giants and Yosemite has some of the best views I’ve seen. I’ve been all pver Appalachia whitewater kayaking and rafting, but the West Coast has the scenery! I want to see the redwoods now!