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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Trees Trees and More Trees

For today I read about the trees in Yosemite as it was when John Muir was there. He went into great detail about practically all the different species of trees. I will not repeat what he said, you can read about it yourself if you would like, but would like to point out some things I found especially interesting. I am also very excited to compare what the forests of Yosemite are look now vs. how Muir witnessed them.

Muir primarily wrote about conifers, pines, spruce, cedar, fir. The valley is at high altitude so this seems to be expected. All of the trees he mentioned finding at elevations in the thousands of feet above sea level. One thing that I was astounded by was the size of all the trees. I have seen some large pines, like 3-5 feet across, but these trees are way bigger then that. I expected big trees but it is still very amazing. This is one thing in particular that I am interested in seeing how it has changed. Are there still many massive trees? Of course the big sequoia gigantea are the grandest of them all. They live thousands of years, Muir believed up to 5000 although now have been measured that old. Muir measured one at 25 feet in diameter at ground level and 10 feet at 200 feet up. My wonder is how he was able to do that? They grow to over 300 feet tall.  What really put it all in perspective was seeing a picture of a whole grove of them with this tinny cabin sitting among them. This cabin was fairly large with two doors, three windows, and plenty of space between the doors and windows. Then all around it are trees that look to be as wide as the cabin. It was very exciting to read about all these impressive trees that I will get to see on my trip.

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Help Support My Photography

To purchase prints of my work please visit my site linked above,www.colorlightphotography.com, or email me at colbyabazs@colorlightphotography.com All proceeds go directly to this photography trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.