Friday, June 18, 2010

Trees For Fun Friday Finale: The Coast Redwoods

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We are now on our last week of Trees for Fun Friday, hosted by Melissa, of Blogging For Fun. We are featuring trees for 8 weeks.  In this last week, I am featuring California's State tree, which is the Coast Redwoods.
Coast Redwoods, Redwood National Park, CA
The Coast Redwood forest is made up of the world's tallest trees and some of the world's oldest. Walking amidst these tall and ancient trees one can envision some dinosaurs thundering through the trails.
Tourists Walking Through Ancient Redwood Forest
Fossil records have shown that relatives of today's coast redwoods thrived in the Jurassic Era 160 million years ago. And while the dinosaurs have long since disappeared, the redwoods continue to thrive naturally only in this narrow 450- mile strip along the Pacific Coast.
Superlatives such as: immense, ancient, stately, mysterious, tallest, oldest, powerful, come to mind in trying to describe these old-growth redwoods. From a seed no bigger than the seed of a tomato, California's coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) may grow to a height of 367 feet (112 m- imagine a 35-story skyscraper in your city) and have a width of 22 feet (7 m) at its base.
Dwarfed by Natural Skyscrapers
I am Dwarfed!!
Because these trees are so tall, the treetop needles are exposed to more dry heat than the needles of branches in the dense canopy below. To compensate, redwoods grow treetop needles with tight spikes for little evaporative surface that conserve moisture.
The lower branches, on the other hand, produce flat needles in order to catch additional light through the thick canopy of branches.

These trees have shallow root systems that extend over one hundred feet from the base, intertwining with the roots of other redwoods. This increases their stability during strong winds and floods. Redwoods are naturally resistant to insects, fungi, and fire because they are high in tannin and do not produce resin or pitch. Their thick, reddish, pithy bark also provides protection and insulation for the tree.
Most redwoods grow more successfully from sprouts that form around the base of a tree, utilizing the nutrients and root system of a mature tree. When the parent tree dies, a new generation of trees rise, creating a circle of trees that are often called fairy rings. For more of Coast Redwoods, you can visit my old post in this blog here.

Redwood Highway, Redwood National Park, CA
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29 comments:

  1. Excellent place! Thanks for all the impressive photos!!

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  2. It must be a magnificent feeling to walk among these big trees. The trees in my forests are mostly small. One place I go has bigger older trees. It felt so strange to walk among them. I could still only imagine being near these giants, but my big trees made me think of them.

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  3. Great description in the superlatives! The trees are so huge and I cannot wait to see these majestic trees in our future trip!

    Nice post Bets.

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  4. Oh wow they are the giant. One senses that you really need to see these trees in person to understand who amazing they are.

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  5. Postcards from California......as one commenter said, "very impressive" and I agree.

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  6. The trunks of those trees are so textured. I love how majestic they are.

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  7. It creates lots of shade below. They are nature's giants.

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  8. I am so glad I decided on this topic. I simply love trees. The bigger and older the better. What another beautiful place you have shared with us.

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  9. Wow,betchai! these tall,gigantic trees remind me of the Lord of the Rings. Love 'em! =)

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  10. The redwoods are so majestic looking. I enjoyed the information and all of your creative photos.

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  11. I remembered reading somewhere that redwood trees that can live for many, many years.

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  12. it's a great escape from the busy city life...just beautiful!

    happy weekend betchai!

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  13. We have skyscrapers both in the city and in a jungle.

    But only the later are my favorites.

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  14. Must be an awesome feeling if I got chance to stand in the middle of the fairy ring. Thanks for sharing betchai :)

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  15. i love being close to nature...the photos are awesom!

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  16. And when we stand next to them, we realize just how small we really are....

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  17. Beautiful trees from your fantastic photos, Betchai! What a fantastic place to be..

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  18. Oh betchai, these are so regal, gallant and just gorgeous. I love all trees but redwoods cling to me and inspire me like no others. Absolutely astoundingly gorgeous shots. I am awestruck!

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  19. It's amazing how big those trees are. They are life's markings.

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  20. an informative post. a post like this is most suitable for a reader like me with no background at all in the topic under discussion. with the pics attached, i found this post totally fascinating.. how they survived, how they did it through the centuries

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  21. Sis... how far is this place from LA? I want to see this when I visit Ca.

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  22. they are to grand to look at. thanks for your comments once more.

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  23. These huge trees are just magnificent to be around. Amazing how God creates this earth for us to enjoy! Beautiful photos.

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  24. trees are essential for our environment. However, it's sad to say that most people nowadays are trying to vanish the trees and that we can see now the result of it - Global Warnming.

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  25. Bets,thanks for your frequent visits, and your inspiration comments. I enjoyed so much the festival. If you are close to Temucula, there is one this weekend at the old town.

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  26. PS,

    for the smoke shot i used a black background, fast shutter speed setting and off camera flash.

    hue was adjusted to make the smoke red.

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  27. Coast Redwoods are my personal favorite tree in the world. Your pictures take me there! Thanks.

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  28. We will be hitting Redwoods, Prarie Creek, and Jedediah Smith parks. Also, we won't be camping the full week. We want to break it up with a night in a cute motel or B&B every couple nights, any suggestions on lodging?

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  29. I am going to conduct an experiment to see which seeds are better and by how much. Please, no one has been helping me. You guys are my last chance. I don't need many cones. Can someone please mail me some cones?

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!