Funny that I didn’t realize that the Famous Giant Sequoias were actually in Yosemite. So when my son started talking about the Giant Sequoias on our planned trip to Yosemite, I became quite excited. Not only was I going to see the fabulous vistas of Yosemite Valley with Half Dome and El Capitan, but we could also take in the Yosemite giant Sequoias, some of the largest giant trees on earth.
The day was hot, and I knew I didn’t want to climb to the Upper Mariposa Grove, but I was very happy to meander the half mile to the Lower Mariposa Grove to see some of the most famous trees in the Grove, old Grizzley and the Tunnel Tree and many of the others.
We were not disappointed. Imagine a tree that reachs over 200 feet in the air and has a circumference of almost 100 feet and is somewhere around 2000 year old. That is the size of Grizzley Giant, which we saw in the Lower Grove. (photos later)
This is one of our first views of some Giant Sequoias.
Starting out we passed a marshy area with an abundance of huge horsetail.
Later passing the remains of a forest fire which had burned some of the Sequoia. Look how huge those trunks are.
Before we reached the start of the Upper Grove, we saw more and more of the giants.
And at last Grizzley Giant and
The Tunnel Tree at the end of the Lower Grove.
A giant sequoia root. Just look at the size of this thing.
Sequoias, see how they started out and where they grow to. Here are a few images of the growth of these giants from small to tall.
Foliage and cones of sequoias and other conifers at Yosemite.
Pine cones of sequoias. The cone are only three to four inches large.
This is a small Sequoia seedlings. (I think.)
A young sequoia, about ten feet tall.
Looking Up through the branches of a giant sequoia.
Would you just look at this cool bark.
At the end, I waited for the rest of the group to do the hike to the upper grove, and then we got back in our car toward the Yosemite Valley. In all, this was amazing, and only foreshadowed our visit to the wonders of the Yosemite Valley floor.