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Towering Patriarchs

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 6 December 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Gazing up the immense trunk to the highest reaches of a redwood tree gives us a powerful sense of our own smallness. Capable of ascending to heights over 360 feet, coast redwoods tower over all living things on the planet. Most of its soaring height is gained in its first 100 years. With adequate sunlight, a redwood can grow more than 30 feet in its first 20 years. If shade, drought, or fire does not inhibit its growth, it will grow two to three feet per year, reaching the forest canopy by its 200th birthday.

PENTAX K200D 1/60 second F/4.5 ISO 100 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

This is a most wonderful series.

6 Dec 2010 5:20am

@Larry Elkins: Thank you very much Larry! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

6 Dec 2010 5:44am

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

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot ! I really enjoy this series !

6 Dec 2010 6:05am

@Céline: Thank you very much Celine! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

Phil Morris from Saskatoon,, Canada

Love the fresh feel of the contrast and the most amazing colored
greenery I have ever seen. Beautiful and amazing light work.
Brilliant !!~

6 Dec 2010 6:31am

@Phil Morris: Thank you very much Phil! Yes, the quality of the light under the canopy is definitely unique! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belle image de ces géants!

6 Dec 2010 7:20am

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

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Géant !

6 Dec 2010 7:38am

@Marie LC: Merci beaucoup Marie! ;-)

Franz from Baden, Austria

i agree with larry - a formidable series of terrific nature shots!

6 Dec 2010 8:40am

@Franz: Thank you very much Franz! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

On se sent vraiment tout petit face à ces géants des forêts...

6 Dec 2010 9:15am

@Evelyne Dubos: Merci beaucoup Evelyne! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great capture of these redwoods – and with a little open sky around them! Amazing to think of their age and history.

6 Dec 2010 9:35am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes it is quite amazing and this only makes their loss all the greater.... ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot of these giant redwood trees. Nice to see open space and sky here. 360 feet in 200 years and going strong. Interesting story. Excellent series covering many aspects of forest and our life.
Wonderful presentation Eric! :)

6 Dec 2010 10:15am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

Your majesty the highest - spendid !

6 Dec 2010 10:16am

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! ;-)

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

An amazing image with a real life story of nature and we human beings in comparison well told, well seen, Eric. Thank you for this wonderful series!!

6 Dec 2010 11:13am

@Anne: Thank you very much Anne! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

You have done very well in putting together a couple of pictures to show the majesty of these giant trees. One could suspect you are gathering material for a book.

6 Dec 2010 11:15am

@Göran: Thank you very much Goran! Had not thought about that but I will take it under advisement..... ;-)

khatoon from Iran

Excelentttttttttttt...Thanks your description.

6 Dec 2010 11:27am

@khatoon: Thank you very much Khatoon and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon.... ;-)

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

Can these redwoods grow anywhere else with success? There is just no shortage of tall trees there!

6 Dec 2010 1:04pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: Thank you very much Kristen! No, they only thrive on the west coast (California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia). Sadly most of these giants have fallen to the logging industry.... ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very beautiful POV on these marvelous trees... HAve a lovely day Eric :)

6 Dec 2010 1:36pm

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

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super image . great POV !

6 Dec 2010 1:46pm

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

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb perspectiv to look at this giant growing to the sky !

6 Dec 2010 2:20pm

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

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

soaring to the heavens!!

6 Dec 2010 2:53pm

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

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

I like the angle here and the light at the top of the trees. Awesome job.

6 Dec 2010 3:03pm

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

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

With this PoV, they are more impressive !

6 Dec 2010 5:14pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Really tall trees!!

6 Dec 2010 5:34pm

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you very much Elena! Yes, they are very tall! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

It is so magnificent that leaves you speechless! Eric sent you. How lucky model saw such beauty! Best regards, Adela

6 Dec 2010 5:47pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Great View Eric - I love this angkle too. Sorry I have not responded to your comments...busy getting the wife ready for an unexpected trip...all is well but all is hectic right now...hopefully it will calm down a bit in a few days Thanks again!

6 Dec 2010 6:00pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! You are doing the right thing....family always comes first! All in good time.... ;-)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Great angle! makes us feel very small!

6 Dec 2010 6:05pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! Yes, very small indeed! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Excellent too. Have a nice day, Eric.

6 Dec 2010 6:06pm

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

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Une superbe contre plongée !! bravo joli shot !
Bonne semaine

6 Dec 2010 6:17pm

@Wolfen: Merci beaucoup Wolfen! Bonne Semaine! ;-)

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Coming back for a second look is as wonderful as the first time. Superb.

6 Dec 2010 7:49pm

@Phil Morris: Thank you very much Phil! I am honoured! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Another big WOW!

6 Dec 2010 9:53pm

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

Anika from Tehran, Iran

Very nice :)

6 Dec 2010 10:49pm

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

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

So amazing...

7 Dec 2010 2:56am

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

Becky from los angeles, United States

Every time I come here I want to go out and find me one of these beautiful giants and take a nap underneath. Gorgeous!

7 Dec 2010 4:35am

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

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Wonderful POV and colours...

7 Dec 2010 6:10am

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

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Belle série sur ces géants des forêts !

7 Dec 2010 8:05pm

@Laur: Merci beaucoup Laurence! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The more you share with us your encounter with these giants, the greater is my admiration for them! We are all grateful for all the information you're providing us with in the introduction to your postings!

8 Dec 2010 11:08am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Another great angle. The perspective is amazing!

10 Dec 2010 4:10am

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

PENTAX K200D
1/60 second
F/4.5
ISO 100
42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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