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Snowwowl May 2003

    General Sherman, The King of All Treedom, was the National Geographic caption for this picture. It takes 20 men with arms linked to encircle the tree. General Sherman is pronounced by the US Government as being the biggest tree in the world, measured by the amount of wood it contains.

    General Sherman Tree: The General Sherman Tree is 274.9' (83.8 meters) tall, and 102.6' (31.3 meters) in circumference at its base. Other trees in the world are taller: the tallest tree in the world is the Coast Redwood, which averages 300' - 350' (91.4 - 106.7 meters) in height. A cypress near Oaxaca, Mexico has a greater circumference, 162' (49.4 meters). But in volume of wood, the Sherman has no equal. With 52,500 cubic feet (1486.6 cubic meters) of wood, the General Sherman Tree earns the title of the World's Largest Living Thing.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with all other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. 

- John of the Mountains (1938), page 313. 

    An old road winding its way through the forest.

    I wonder what this campsite looks like today. This was one in the Klamath River Redwoods in California. These trees are so huge, sometimes you have to look close before you even notice the people beneath them.

   More Big Trees, these are of the Mariposa Grove, California. It is said that the Sequoias are one of the few surviving links which establish the kinship of the cypress and the fir. Apparently they were once widely spread over the world, but during the Ice Age were exterminated except in t he California mountains, where they never come closer to sea level than 5,000 feet and are not able to grow above 8,400 feet.

   How tiny man seems in the midst of these old and gentle giants.

    This was a visitor outing in the early 1900s somewhere in the midst of Mount Rainer, Washington. These are not Sequoias but pretty darn big Firs!

    Well, this shot sure gives perspective on the true hugeness of the Sequoias. This picture was given to the National Geographic courtesy of the So. Pacific Rainway Co., and the train, the tree and the horse and rider are really in the same picture not merged with 21st technology!


    This cluster of redwoods contain over 250,000 feet of lumber, it is estimated. The trees themselves are grafted together at the top. The age of the redwood is said to be about half that of the Sequoias and the life of a mature specimen is said to be between 500 and 1,300 years. As for the Sequoias, some that were felled were found to be more than 3,250 years old and the General Sherman undoubtedly exceeds these examples in age. 

Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds or the music of water written in river-lines? 

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. 

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts. 

No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in a way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains as to wilderness, as that which declares that the world was made especially for the uses of men. Every animal, plant, and crystal controverts it in the plainest terms. Yet it is taught from century to century as something ever new and precious, and in the resulting darkness the enormous conceit is allowed to go unchallenged.
- from "Wild Wool", 1875. 

     This is a picture of the prior cluster of trees and where they grafted together.


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