The big big trees of Tuolomne Grove

There are three groves of old growth giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park.  The most famous is the Mariposa Grove, to the south, but there is also the Tuolomne and the Merced.  I hiked around the Tuolomne Grove when I visited.  Such wondrous things, the big trees!  It is amazing that a seed the size of a fingernail can turn into a tree the size of ten blue whales.  And though only a fraction of them remain, the old growth Giant Sequoias are arguably the largest living organisms on Earth (though some would argue for Pando and some for a giant fungus).

Lots of people for scale in these photos

Lots of people for scale in these photos

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otherwise it's hard to grasp just how MASSIVE these trees are!

otherwise it’s hard to grasp just how MASSIVE these trees are!

Photos!

Photos!

Cars used to drive through this iconic old tree

Cars used to drive through this iconic old tree, see postcard photo below

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If you can imagine, the "small" trees in this photo are the size of eastern old growth forests...the big one in the middle is a giant sequoia

If you can imagine, the “small” trees in this photo are the size of eastern old growth forests…the big one in the middle is a giant sequoia

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6 thoughts on “The big big trees of Tuolomne Grove

  1. It’s a shame the photos can’t capture the full magnificence of the redwoods. When I saw the, the whole forest felt, well, sacred. The photo simply showed a tree. Disappointing.

  2. They are magnificent in the true sense of the word! Though it’s strange to say, I love the picture of the fallen tree, the one that shows how intricate the tree is beneath the bark. It would make a lovely drawing, all those runnels of silvered wood. The guy in the picture seemed like he was fascinated as well.

    The bristlecone pines in the White Mountains are not as . . . huge, but their absolute tenacity in holding on to life through millennia amazes me. They looks sort of like that fallen tree, all intricacies and warping, but with the occasional spot of green. When KDKH said sacred, that’s the word they bring to mind. Trees have such long experiences, I would like to be able to communicate with them, understanding a different life.

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