A True Giant Of A Tree

A True Giant Of A Tree

This Giant Sequoia in the high Sierra brings back memories for me.

About this time of year some 20 or so years ago I took my two daughters snow camping nearby.

Just about 100 years ago President Teddy Roosevelt was  the most avid defender of nature and conservation as his words attest,  “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.”  Confession of Faith Speech, Progressive National Convention, Chicago, IL, August 6, 1912

The tree below is named THE PRESIDENT, it’s just a twig short of 250 feet tall. The photo is actually a composite of over 100 photos all stacked up to show the tree in all of it’s glory, thanks to National Geographic.

When near such giants in the winter one has to be carefull to not pitch a tent directly below as lumps of snow and ice the size of a cow fall out of its crown without warning. I can still see and hear my two daughters in my minds eye looking up in awe of that friendly tree that watched over us.


Here’s a video about this very special tree.