Amongst Giants

Sequoia grove
Grove of giant sequoia trees

Sequoia National Park is one of my favourite places in the world.  The giant trees are the biggest and some of the oldest living things on Earth, and my attempts to convey their colossal size were scuppered by my limited photographic skills.

General Sherman

If you’ve never been to this beautiful National Park in the high Sierras of California, I couldn’t recommend it more highly, it is absolutely stunningly beautiful.

General Sherman 1

This is General Sherman, the biggest living thing on the planet.  Take it from me it is a giant of breathtaking proportions and truly awe inspiring.  The light in these mountains is wonderful, and the air is thick with the pungent smell of pine.  Walking amongst these great trees is something I’ll never forget.

20 thoughts on “Amongst Giants”

  1. What a wonderful experience! I would love to walk under those trees and smell the pine. I probably wouldn’t like the crowds either – I guess there’s no off-season!

    1. There probably is a lovely quiet time of year Jo, although having said that once we walked a short distance from the biggest tree all was calm and serene. I had an amazing hike from the camp site to the giant grove and didn’t see another soul, although I was slightly worried about bears and mountain lions!

  2. Really stunning!! I think the challenge in taking a photo doing those trees justice is that you would need to place a human being or a car or something else next to them for comparison. So I find the image showing that fence most impressive.

    1. You’re right Elke that’s the best way to present the scale. Unfortunately there were so many people queueing to get their photos taken I couldn’t get near enough, and also I didn’t like the crowds, I wanted to experience the aura of the place in peace and quiet! 🙂

    1. I’m sure you’ll love it when you do. I recommend the Lodgepole Campground, probably my favourite in the world too, it’s so beautiful and peaceful and the facilities are nice. I look forward to seeing your photos when you get there 🙂

  3. I hope to be there next fall, Mike! Planned to be there right about now but a family thing came up, so now the plan is next September.
    Thanks for the photos. You can look at some of mine next year.

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