PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE AMAZING SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATL. PARKS

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I have always been fascinated by the “Giant Redwoods” of California, which has the largest trees in the world. And they are the oldest trees in the world, dating over 2000+ years old. Join us now, as we give you a taste of this amazing phenomenon in the world:

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Looking at most of the pictures I am collecting for this collection, I have a feeling that most of these photos will be vertical. I mean, we are talking about photos of trees.

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Redwood National and State Parks are a string of protected forests, beaches and grasslands along Northern California’s coast. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park has trails through dense old-growth woods. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is home to Fern Canyon, with its high, plant-covered walls. Roosevelt elk frequent nearby Elk Prairie. Giant redwood clusters include Redwood National Park’s Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

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Walk Among Giants: 7 Places to See California’s Redwoods

  • Muir Woods National Monument. Named after John Muir, California’s preeminent conservationist, Muir Woods is one of the state’s most popular redwood groves. …
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park. …
  • Butano State Park. …
  • Samuel P. …
  • Portola Redwoods State Park. …
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. …
  • Wilder Ranch State Historic Park.
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Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the national park’s largest redwood grove and contains about 500 mature trees. You can see some of them from the road and parking area, but it’s more fun to get out and walk among them. Most visitors choose a 0.8-mile hike from the parking lot to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Trees, which has about 500 feet of elevation gain.

If you’re arriving at or leaving Yosemite via the South Entrance at Highway 41, you’ll pass directly by Mariposa Grove. It’s about an hour south of Yosemite Valley, but this is definitely a pitstop you’ll want to make time for. The South Entrance is the default entrance if you’re coming from Los Angeles or Southern California, but visitors from San Francisco typically enter at the Big Oak Flat Entrance. However, the chance to see these giant sequoias is well worth the small detour.

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The Avenue of the Giants runs right beside U.S. Highway 101 from Garberville to Pepperwood, and the road is built to curve around the massive trees. Even though it’s only a 30-mile stretch, the Avenue of the Giants route takes about two full hours to drive through, not including time to pull over and admire the trees. It’s really best to devote half a day to this scenic drive, but if you’re in a hurry, you can speed it up by driving part of the way on U.S. 101 and cutting onto the Avenue of the Giants at a midway point (the northern 15 miles are the most impressive part of the Avenue).

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John Steinbeck

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”

― John Steinbeck,

There are some amazing books, and information, and gifts available about the Redwoods (Click here). It is worth your time, if you have any interest in learning more about the Redwoods.

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I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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