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Size Matters!


With over 53,000 acres, Humboldt Redwoods State Park consists of a vast redwood forest.  There are three types of redwoods: Coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum), and Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostrobides), but only one type which is the Coast Redwood grows in Humboldt State Park because they love the cool climate.  The species name “sempervirens” comes from the Latin words for ever and green.   You can read more about these amazing trees here.  I think some of you would love this article.  It’s fascinating how these trees and live.

One thing I loved about the trees up in Humboldt is how OLD these trees are.  These resilient trees often live several hundred years, and in some cases, more than 2,000 years.  Can you believe it?  This makes them one of the oldest tree species in the world.

If you have time:

  • read the labels on two different trees here in the gallery.  The labels show you history and how it relates to the ages corresponding to the rings of these specific trees.  Incredible!
  • I’ve also included a picture of my husband standing next to “The Founders Tree” which was once tallest known tree in the world.  It has since lost part of its top and several other taller trees have been found since then.
  • I hopped out and took a picture of Dave driving our car through the Shrine Tree.   Since redwoods don’t have tap roots (long central roots), their balance is maintained by directed limb growth.  This tree was once tilted at an angle.  It prevented its own death by growing one large limb on only one side only, therefore supporting itself.  Amazing how nature’s instinct is so strong.
  • The rangers cut trees that have fallen across the path so that we can still enjoy the trails of the beautiful forests.
  • I love how the roots are exposed from a fallen tree.
  • This one is the only iPhone photo.  I had to do a panorama with the phone to get it all in, so that’s why it’s curved.  The height is 363 feet and it is 53 feet in circumference.  Imagine!
  • Miles and miles and miles…specifically 53,000 acres of this vast redwood forest!



Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

30 thoughts on “Size Matters!

  1. Amazing! Beautiful! Seems a miracle these trees have lives so long. ❤️

  2. These are so cool. Great post Laura.

  3. Wonderful images of special place, Laura. Terrific.

  4. Amazing! You would like Armstrong Woods!

  5. Amazing and great info! It’s difficult taking shots of ginormous trees …and you did it : )) we’re just mere ants.

  6. Love those old trees. What stories they could tell.

  7. amazing trees and their history too. they are so long lived. loved the post and photos!

  8. These are beautiful photos, Laura. I visited here many years ago. It’s nice to see them again in their glory.

  9. Wow – great pictures and great trip summary! I agree with a previous post – Armstrong Woods in Guerneville (Sonoma County) is also worth a visit. We go hiking there frequently ( we live in nearby Napa). If you’re up our way there’s lots of beauty as well. You may want to check out our California wine country blog: Follow us if you like what you see.

  10. Wonderful photos. It is an enchanted forest. Question . . . I am going to be heading to Windsor, CA in October for a short vacation with my sisters. Have you every been there? If so, is there anything in particular we shouldn’t miss? We are only there for 4 days so we want to take full advantage of everything.

  11. I tried to go last year, but too far from Eugene Oregon. Will have to visit next year. Great images Laura

  12. Thank you for taking us there! It’s so moving to see these majestic trees, over 2,000 year!!!

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