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Friday, July 22, 2011

Giant Sequioia at Mariposa Grove

The Giants Sequioias at Mariposa Grove is one of the natural wonders of the world. Nestled at southernmost tip of Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove is a treasure of the Sequioias.

These magnificent trees, can grow up to several hundred feet, and at Mariposa, two of the largest trees in the world reside.

The challenge of photographing this magnificent grandeur is different from the vast expenses of the Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. But because the trees grow in a forest like environment, shooting distances are much nearer...and even with my HC28, I am not able to capture the entire tree without pointing the camera up.

Or just shoot the foot of these magnificent plants:

The Grizzly Giant, is the oldest tree in the grove...some 34,010 cubic feet (963m3) of wood.

The light streams through the tree tops makes things interesting...

We were told these trees do not have a natural lifespan, some are already some thousands of years old. They only get destroyed by humans or die because they are struck by lightning and burn. We see evidence of this quite clearly around the park.

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