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Sequoia Sempervirens

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 9 November 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Sequoia sempervirens, the scientific name for coast redwood, loosely translates to "ever living". Redwoods live a long time because they have very few enemies. Fire is one of the major threats to all trees. However, only the greatest conflagrations can kill mature redwoods because of their thick fire resistant bark and lack of resin.

Many of the older trees along this walk are fire scarred. This ancient forest has been through many floods. The silt brought in is rich in nutrients. Redwood roots can grow vertically up to the new silt level, thus bringing new nutrients and oxygen to the trees. Redwoods have a large amount of tannin, a material that insects find particularly distasteful. While insects cause a considerable amount of mortality in other trees, redwoods are rarely bothered.

PENTAX K200D 1/45 second F/4.0 ISO 800 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

As viewers on this site...we can now visually measure (somehow) the awesome-ness of these trees! It simply left me speechless! (Yes, I must admit! We are very, very small.....)

9 Nov 2010 6:14am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! One of the hardest challenges in this series is to capture the immense size of these trees and to put it into perspective...... ;-)

Yvon from Orleans, France

impressionnants, ces arbres géants

9 Nov 2010 6:22am

@Yvon: Merci beaucoup Yvon! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic shot with the figure at the base of the tree showing us the massive scale of this Redwood. This forest is certainly a wondrous place.

9 Nov 2010 6:23am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes, I think this is one of the most challenging aspects of shooting these trees. To capture their magnificence and put it into context for the viewer..... ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent shot of this giant tree! Very amusing information... Thanks, Eric ... :-)

9 Nov 2010 6:44am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow marvelous 5****

9 Nov 2010 6:59am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are very kind! ;-)

kate maher from United Kingdom

talk about Giants of the earth~!!!!! just wonderful Eric:))

9 Nov 2010 8:00am

@kate maher: Thank you very much Kate! Yes and that is why we must preserve them...... ;-)

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Almost as ancient as the Ents.

9 Nov 2010 8:09am

@Larry Elkins: Thank you very much Larry! Yes, I think I saw an Ent or two in the forest..... ;-))

Cruz from exurbia, United States

you have no idea how big these trees are until you see a person next to ‘em...they are Giants. I have a few redwoods growing on my property -- they are fast growing trees that need lots and lots and lots of water.

9 Nov 2010 8:48am

@Cruz: Thank you very much Cruz! ;-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Great emphasis of the size!

9 Nov 2010 9:05am

@GJC: Thank you very much GJC! ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

I'd love to be there, how giants !! Super !

9 Nov 2010 9:25am

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! Yes, it is a life altering experience...... ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot, Eric... If they can talk like the trees from Lord of The Rings, they will have lots of stories to tell us. They are naturally fire resistant, amazing.

9 Nov 2010 10:03am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! Yes, they can talk; but we have to listen....... ;-)

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

On se sent "petite mouche" au pied de ces géants des forêts, belle photo !

9 Nov 2010 12:15pm

@Laur: Merci beaucoup Laurence ! Oui, ces géants ont tendance à nous rappeler que nous sommes seulement une très petite partie de la création... ;-)

Barbara from Florida, United States

Wow! Talk about being dwarfed, a person could get stepped on in a forest like this.
Incredible to see the scale of these redwoods. Interesting narrative.

9 Nov 2010 1:14pm

@Barbara: Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. this is great scale ! Bravo !

9 Nov 2010 1:27pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

We are so small in front of the nature ... Phil.

9 Nov 2010 1:44pm

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! Yes we are and a visit to this forest reinforces that feeling beautifully...... ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What an impressively huge tree. Nice shot

9 Nov 2010 2:57pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous "see how big it is" shot

9 Nov 2010 3:28pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

P. Morris from Canada

OMG, I had no idea, whatsoever, to expect. My jaw fell on the floor. I am in real awe here
and can hardly find words, the human figure next to the giant tree says it all. Superb.

9 Nov 2010 4:03pm

@P. Morris: Thank you very much Phil! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series as much..... ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good afternoon Eric
The tree seems to be endless in height. The person in front of the tree looks very small. I especially like the colors, details, the incident sunlight and the light shade. Thanks for the interesting information. The general view is very impressive and I like it very much. Have a nice day and all the best including your family.
Dear greetings Christel

9 Nov 2010 4:19pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful sequoia already has given everything and still staring at the sun! A wise human presence at your side to capture all their strength and power! Magnificent and exciting picture Eric! Best regards, Adela

9 Nov 2010 4:42pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Just a beautiful place and a terrific photo of it, that's all.

9 Nov 2010 5:07pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! ;-)

Elliott from Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

wonderful capture,,,, just proves what a tiny spec we are in nature

9 Nov 2010 5:15pm

@Elliott: Thank you very much Elliott! Yes, you are so right! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Giant tree ,giant forest ...Beautiful and impressiv !

9 Nov 2010 5:26pm

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

Bill Brown from California, United States

Very impressive!

9 Nov 2010 6:10pm

@Bill Brown: Thank you very much Bill! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Une image très impressionnante, excellente capture Eric, c'est un bel hommage à cette très ancienne forêt!

9 Nov 2010 6:16pm

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Enormous, Eric, thanks for your always interesting explanation. Best wishes.

9 Nov 2010 6:50pm

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

LB Vision from France

Impressionnant ! peace !

9 Nov 2010 7:56pm

@LB Vision: Merci beaucoup LB Vision! ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

bonne idée que la personne pour se rendre bien compte de la hauteur et surtout l"énormité de ces arbres

9 Nov 2010 8:21pm

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup Veronique! ;-)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

wow! That is one big tree!!!!

9 Nov 2010 8:26pm

@Magda: Thank you very much Magda! Yes, they are quite impressive in size.... ;-)

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Now that's a tree! It would keep my Wood Burning Stove going for a while!!

9 Nov 2010 9:01pm

@Philip: Thank you very much Philip! Yes, could be for your entire lifetime...... ;-)

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wonderful image to display the impressive height of the redwoods. Lovely composition Eric !

10 Nov 2010 12:24am

@Satvik: Thank you very much Satvik! ;-)

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Even though we are tiny, we are BIG in fighting for their preservation of these gentle giants! Wonderful capture!!

10 Nov 2010 3:27am

@Georgie: Thank you very much HB! How many GG's does it take to make a sequoia? ;-)))

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great capture of this huge tree...

10 Nov 2010 4:18am

@Sunder: Thank you very much Sunder! ;-)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

OMG! This really shows the scale of things here! WOW! Beautiful and impressive composition, Eric!!!!!!

10 Nov 2010 4:24am

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you very much Pam! Glad you enjoyed it! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Ha, ha, it only takes ONE GG to make this sequoia large in scale! Good pose, GG! ;D

10 Nov 2010 6:19am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! ;-))

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Great size reference!

10 Nov 2010 8:58pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: Thank you very much Kristen! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Quite a contrast in size...beautifully captured and as always the info is great too...thanks

15 Nov 2010 2:29am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

1/45 second
ISO 800
42 mm (35mm equiv.)