Friday, July 31, 2009

Sequoia NP - Giant Forest

Five of the ten largest trees by volume on the planet are located within the Giant Forest in Sequoia NP. The largest, the General Sherman tree, has a volume of 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters), is 275ft (83.8m) tall and measures 36.5ft (11.1m) across the base.

But if you had not been told that it is the biggest tree in the world, you wouldn't have known that. All of the Giant Sequoias seem equally large and impressive and they make you feel very small. They are so big that without a wide-angle lens you would not be able to have a whole tree on one picture. And even with this lens, it is difficult to appreciate their grandeur solely based on photos.

The Sherman Tree lies along the Congress trail, which is a 2 mile long paved trail that leads to several famous sequoias such as the House and Senate Groups, the President, Chief Sequoyah, General Lee and McKinley Trees. Some of them you can see at the photos below.

My father with the Giant Forest in the background:

The General Sherman:

My father and a big, unnamed Giant Sequoia:

This photo should help you comprehend how big those sequoias actually are:

I met the President:

Anil had a chat with Chief Sequoyah:

The House Group: