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.
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
I don't think of myself as a role model. I do try to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way. The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion.