The Great Sequoia

Giant Specimen

One of my favorite places in London is the Natural History Museum. It looks like something out of a movie and it have one of the most spectacular collections of the natural world that I have seen! One of my favorite parts was a cross section of a giant sequoia from the USA. Though it saddens me to see even a part of one of these ancient spirits no longer standing…I am glad the world can see of of America’s greatest treasures. This particular tree was around 1300 years old when it was felled.

Sequoia National Forest

Ok…I am Jaded

I admit it, most things don’t really get to me. I have been quite a few places and seen quite a few things and usually my response is…yep, that was neat…where are we having dinner? There are however some things that have blown my socks off. The Sequoia National Forest is one of them. Specifically I visited the Sequoia’s of Kings Canyon. I say visited because there is a real spirit to this place. It is one of the places in the world I have felt life.

Socks Obliterated

Standing in the presence of these beautiful gargantuans is a truly humbling experience. Thinking now, years later, of their majesty makes me misty eyed. The forest if such a complex ecosystem and it is constantly being threatened from all sides by pollution.

Older than Me

These trees are ancient; some estimated to be 2000-3500 years in age. They remind me a one of my favorite lines in Vertigo, with Kim Novak pointing to a ring cross-section of one of the felled trees…”Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice.”