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Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) also known as Seirra Redwood are among the largest species of trees on earth. They grow in small pockets in the Seirra Nevada ranges of California, United States. Some ome thes pockets are within the Yosemite National Park. For those interested in Natures and trees, they are among the "must see list". Unfortunately, summer is rather late in setting in this year and till the last week of April, snow is still seen even in the lower parts of the park, even near Yosemite Falls. There was no way we could reach the Sequoia groves in the snow bound higher regions.

As a consolation, we were shown a Baby Giat Sequoia near the visitor centre. Usually, these trees should not have grown at this location and certainly not in isolation as an individual. Maybe, someone has deliberately planted and tended to them for us to see. But it is difficult to know the truth as there are no records of such activities 100 years back when this tree must have been a seedling. This baby is only about 100 years old as compared to the 2 to 3 thousand year old cousins higher up. Its dia of just 5 feet is tiny compared to the 25 feet of the true giants. Before the tall elders who grow up to 250 to 300 feet, this 80 feet tall one is a pigmy!

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Taken on April 28, 2011