An 1854 broadside for the first giant redwood
to be cut and exhibited in the East--a section of the bark of the "Discovery Tree" harvested in 1853 and exhibited on Broadway--gives the tree's vital statistics as "3,000 years old, 325 feet in height" and then marvels that it required the "the labor of ten men for twenty-six days in felling it, which was effected by boring through the immense mass with pump augers" (Figure 1).
The Giant Redwood
is a fast-growing tree that can reach heights of 170ft in 50 years in its native California.
Though other San Francisco photographers also went east into the hills to capture the giant redwoods
, Watkins was notable not only for his artistry, but also for his access to the East.
Spending time among giant redwoods
is strangely calming.
would have likely lost this last unlogged stand of giant redwoods
and that the consequences of various government decisions were not black or white but having many shades of gray.
Hill, a well-known artist and photographer, was commissioned by a London magazine to take some photographs of the giant redwoods
It's a snapshot of California history, from the giant redwoods
to the Golden Gate Bridge, from the missions to the wine country, from the fictional jumping frog of Calaveras County to the Conestoga wagons that brought many settlers here in the mid-1840s.
Some, like the giant redwoods
, lingered on as relicts; many vanished entirely.
and breathtaking ocean views accompany the ride from Prairie Creek to Patrick's Point State Park.
During his time in California, he had been impressed by the giant redwoods
, and he worked to preserve Yosemite as a state park.
Though California's giant redwoods
are a major carbon repository, they are almost useless in sopping up newly generated CO.
The woods include giant redwoods
, white oak, pine and many other hardwoods that carry a wholesale value of well over $1 billion USD.
This walking guide takes in shedding Eucalypts, gnarly pines, textured birches and giant redwoods
- free to RHS members.
From Giant Redwoods
to the Douglas Fir, none are as magnificent as a 1790 Crimean Pine, whose vertical branches stretch up to the sky like vast organ pipes.
From Giant Redwoods
to the Douglas Fir, none are as magnifi-cent as a 1790 Crimean Pine, whose vertical branches stretch up to the sky like vast organ pipes.