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Snowwowl May 2003

    The famous Wawona Tunnel Tree in Mariposa Grove, California. I can assure you that it does not look like this now.

    In the winter time.


    Below are tree statistics for those of you who love such things, and I KNOW you’re out there…smile!

Data from Flint, Wendell D. 2002. To Find the Biggest Tree. Three Rivers, CA: Sequoia Natural History Association

It is difficult to appreciate the size of the giant sequoias because neighboring trees are so large. The largest of the sequoias are as tall as an average 26-story building, and their diameters at the base exceed the width of many city streets. As they continue to grow, they produce about 40 cubic feet of wood each year, approximately equal to the volume of a 50-foot-tall tree one foot in diameter. 

The ages of the General Sherman, General Grant and other large sequoias are unknown, but it is estimated that these giants are between 1800 and 2700 years old. They have seen civilization come and go, survived countless fires and long periods of drought, and continue to flourish -- inspiring yet another generation of admirers. 
THE 30 LARGEST GIANT SEQUOIAS (as of December 2002)





(cubic ft)

1. General Sherman Giant Forest




2.  Washington Giant Forest 




3. General Grant Grant Grove    268.1 107.5 46,608
4. President Giant Forest    240.9 93.0 45,148
5. Lincoln Giant Forest  255.8  98.3  44,471
6. Stagg Alder Creek    243.0 109.0 42,557
7. Boole Converse Basin    268.8 113.0 42,472
8. Genesis Mountain Home     253.0 85.3 41,897
9. (Franklin, near Washington) Giant Forest   223.8 94.8 41,280
10. (King Arthur) Garfield    270.3 104.2 40,656
11.  (Monroe, near Auto Log) Giant Forest   247.8  91.3 40,104
12. Robert E. Lee Grant Grove    254.7 88.3 40,102
13.  (J. Adams, near Cattle Cabin) Giant Forest   250.6  83.3 38,956
14. Ishi Giant Kennedy    248.1 105.1 38,156
15. (Near Pershing) Giant Forest  243.8  93.0  37,295
16. (Summit) Mountain Home    244.0 82.2 36,600
17. (Euclid) Mountain Home    272.7 83.4 36,122 
18. Washington Mariposa Grove    236.0 95.7 35,901
19. Pershing Giant Forest    246.0 91.2 35,855
20. (Diamond) Atwell   286.0  95.3 35,292 
21. Adam Mountain Home   247.4  94.2 35,017
22. (Roosevelt or "False Hart") Redwood Mountain   260.0  80.0 35,013
23. Nelder Nelder   266.2 90.0  34,993
24. (AD) Atwell    242.4 99.0 34,706
25. Hart Redwood Mountain    277.9 75.3 34,407
26. Grizzly Giant Mariposa Grove    209.0 92.5 34,005
27. Chief Sequoyah Giant Forest   228.2  90.4 33,608
28. Methuselah Mountain Home    207.8 95.8 32,897
29. Great Goshawk Freeman Creek  255.2   90.2 32,783
30. (Hamilton) Giant Forest    238.5 82.6 32,783

      Intro from their site:”Empire National Nursery, LLC. We are America's first 24 hour On-Line Nursery. Our greenhouses are packed with tree seedlings, shrubs, and other landscaping plants. Our business is to promote the planting and distribution of tree seedlings, for home, farm, gardening, and reforestation tree planting projects. We invite you to browse around, and learn about our growing selection of trees and other nursery plants.”
     They are a totally online tree nursery “store”. In my limited ability I have wandered through this lovely site and personally, I think they have a Fantastic thing going for them! My only regret is that I am at a point in my life where I do not have time, eyesight, property nor money to buy one of each!!!!! Granted, I am not an authority on the pricing of trees or seedlings; however, at the prices I saw no one needs to be with this source at hand…how could one go any lower?


As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can. 

These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar. Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man. 

How infinitely superior to our physical senses are those of the mind! The spiritual eye sees not only rivers of water but of air. It sees the crystals of the rock in rapid sympathetic motion, giving enthusiastic obedience to the sun's rays, then sinking back to rest in the night. The whole world is in motion to the center. So also sounds. We hear only woodpeckers and squirrels and the rush of turbulent streams. But imagination gives us the sweet music of tiniest insect wings, enables us to hear, all around the world, the vibration of every needle, the waving of every bole and branch, the sound of stars in circulation like particles in the blood. The Sierra canyons are full of avalanche debris - we hear them boom again, and we read the past sounds from present conditions. Again we hear the earthquake rock-falls. Imagination is usually regarded as a synonym for the unreal. Yet is true imagination healthful and real, no more likely to mislead than the coarse senses. Indeed, the power of imagination makes us infinite.

Government protection should be thrown around every wild grove and forest on the mountains, as it is around every private orchard, and the trees in public parks. To say nothing of their value as fountains of timber, they are worth infinitely more than all the gardens and parks of towns.

Winds are advertisements of all they touch, however much or little we may be able to read them; telling their wanderings ever by their accents alone. 
One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul. 

Wander a whole summer if you can. Thousands of God's blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted. If you are business-tangled and so burdened by duty that only weeks can be got out of the heavy laden year, give a month at least. The time will not be taken from the sum of life. Instead of shortening, it will indefinitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal. 

Lie down among the pines for a while then get to plain pure white love-work to help humanity and other mortals. 

Going to the mountains is going home. 

For even more quotes, go to the John Muir National Historic Site Quotes Page, where quotes are arranged alphabetically by subject. (Offsite link) 

For a printed resource for finding Muir's quotes, please see John Muir in His Own Words: A Book of QuotationsCompiled and edited by Peter Browning (Lafayette, CA: Great West Books, 1988). 


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