|Forum topic by Greg||posted 12-31-2012 08:43 AM||1459 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
12-31-2012 08:43 AM
I was inspired to start this topic after reading Grumpy’s “Interesting Trees” post. I want to start a bit of a different one though, as I have always been wowed by the enormity and the majesty of trees and all they provide to humanity. I find myself always taking pics of the one or ones that move me. This is a compilation (which has taken me several hours to write) of some of my most memorable.
This time, I’s like to keep the internet out of it. What do I mean? Well, let’s only post trees that you or someone you know photographed and include a bit about it. WHY did you photograph it? What significance does it pose to the surrounding area? Where and when did you photograph it. I’d be interested in seeing anything out of the ordinary. Big, small, pretty, burly, lightening struck, whatever. Just please don’t post stuff you find on internet search engines.
Ok, I’ll start us out with a few from my past decade. It’s a veritable tour of California, and a bit from outside the state for good measure. I hope you enjoy. I had a good time trying to remember all the places I saw all of these cool trees.
This dead tree is on Fort Hunter Ligget in Central California. These two Bald Eagle(there is one on the upper right branch)s found it a rather nice perch. I was there to fish the lake with my Bro-in-law, but they beat me to it, so we just took a few pics and moved on.
This next pic is my wife (in Red) and me (up Top) on a burned out stump of a redwood up in Humboldt State Park. This is one of the most amazing places on the planet. I have never seen more biomass anywhere. Probably even more than the jungles of Belize or Costa Rica. (coming up) We ent RVing with my wife’s best friend and her hubby. Actually, now that I think of it, I am pretty darned sure this tree was still alive. Redwods have to have forest fires to grow properly, and propogate.
This is the famous Founders Tree. It was amazing to see how tall they are. Sequoias are def. larger in girth but the height is immense!
Here’s one of the long ones. We had to walk a couple hundred feet down the trunk to get on top, then walk back to the huge (but shallow) root mass. Redwoods are prone to being blown down when 70+ mph winds gust through their canyons. We actually saw many downed trees.
The biggest fallen of the trip. I hope the picture conveys the magnitude of the size of this thing. It was awe-inspiring!
Traveling down the coast we come to Santa Barbara where one of the coolest and oldest cultivated trees on the West Coast survives after some 136 years! It’s MASSIVE! You may have seen it while driving up 101 along the West Coast. Please read the sign below as it explains its historical significance.
Hiking up in the High Sierras Back Country is a passion of mine. This tree was so bright yellow, I just had to shoot it.
Let’s move on up North again, but WAY North! One of my most favorite places on the planet…Alaska. These trees are quite significant in that they are harboring at least a dozen bald eagles both mature and immature(brown and harder to spot) Unfortunately, LJ cuts off the right-hand side of teh photo and several more eagles with it!
I was always tripping out on how small the pine trees were in many parts of Alaska. I think it has something to do with permafrost, or too much water. Anyhoo, my buddy and I wanted to take a picture of us in this pygmy forest.
Let’s fly south, wayyyy south to Costa Rica, where I bought several hundred plantation grown teak trees in my 401k. Here are some of them. Pretty neat traveling down the pot-hole ridden streets of back country Costa Rica to find my trees.
I hope you enjoyed! Happy New Year!
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