Virgin redwood, 864 years old (LOC)

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Vachon, John,, 1914-1975,, photographer.

Virgin redwood, 864 years old


1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-59 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-954

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  1. origamidon 87 months ago | reply

    :: . . . for Science (we're good at counting rings), ya know.

  2. aamartin 87 months ago | reply

    It could have just fallen on it's own.

  3. jakevsrobots 87 months ago | reply

    somewhere in here i was born ... and there i died

  4. Chris Boese 87 months ago | reply

    You said it, Grace Kelly!

  5. Chris Boese 87 months ago | reply

    Whoops, my bad, Kim Novak! Wrong movie!

  6. jasongnc 87 months ago | reply

    I think I have seen that recently irl, but don't remember where.....

  7. Olaf 87 months ago | reply

    The photographer's own life would have been a mere blink in time to the subject.

  8. photoFlounder 87 months ago | reply

    There is one similar to this at the main AAA (actually ACSC) in Los Angeles.

  9. 34spartan 87 months ago | reply


  10. timberline131 86 months ago | reply

    Looks similar to one cross-section in Portland, Oregon's former Forestry Building in the '50s.

  11. NWilson 86 months ago | reply

    Hard to believe, but redwoods bigger and older than this are still being cut down in Northern California by Pacific Lumber Company. In 1974 I personally counted the growth rings on the stump of a 54 ft. circumference giant redwood cut down in Mendocino County by Georgia-Pacific, a corporation which has since left the county after logging off all the available redwoods from its lands. There were over 1540 countable rings on the big stump I counted, plus more years of growth in the center where the wood had rotted away over the centuries. I had to use a magnifying glass to clearly see and count some of the rings. Only a tiny percentage of the original 2,000,000 acres of Coast Redwood forest remains uncut. Forest protection activists have been trying to put the brakes on corporate liquidation logging for more than 30 years. Most people assume the remaining virgin redwoods have been saved, and are amazed that some people still think it's okay to cut them down for fancy decks and wall paneling. Redwood is not used for structural lumber. It's too expensive for that, because it's so rare. There's only one place in the world where the Sequioia sempervirens grows naturally, and I'm priveleged to live there. This photo has got me started, and I'm going to find that 1974 slide documenting the 1540 year old redwood and post it in my Flickr stream soon.

  12. I likE plants! 85 months ago | reply

    One word.....


  13. Happy Tinfoil Cat 85 months ago | reply

    Pioneers lived inside this tree which was burned out by a lightning strike.

    Here, my family stands at the base of a large one

    Most people will never get a chance to see these. Clear cutting these 300 foot giants is a crime against humanity IMHO.

  14. Tashunka Witko (alias CP) 57 months ago | reply

    ...solo la stupidità dell'uomo poteva abbatterlo!!

  15. trvln_thru 53 months ago | reply

    In the early 1980s I told my class of 4th graders about a giant redwood I had seen in California that was over 2000 years old. I explained that it had started to grow before Jesus was born and the kids buzzed with comments and questions. Every once in a while someone would ask me something about the tree. Towards the end of the year, I told them some fantastic tale and one of the boys said, "yeah, yeah, we know, just like that tree in California that's older than God!"

  16. mdvadenoforegon2 51 months ago | reply

    The redwoods will grow nicely in Oregon too, although not to 300 feet inland near Portland. But certainly 200 to 300 feet in our coast range if they would plant them. Since they log big swaths of our coastal forests every half decade or so, maybe they should replant some areas with coast redwood, I've already seen a few sporadic spots along Hy. 26 where they planted a few giant sequoia. But coast redwood should be better.
    MDV Coast Redwoods

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