Chasing the light, from dawn to dusk and into the night.
“Family Trees” Sequoia National Park, 2018
When I arrived at the park I was so blown away by the size of these trees that it was a challenge figuring out how to photograph them. It was a humbling experience to see these trees and made me realize how small we are in the grand scheme of things.
The trunks of the trees are about 20-30 feet in a diameter and rise 200-300 feet above the forest floor. Most of these majestic giants have been on this earth for over 2,000 years, with the oldest recorded Sequoia being 3,200 years old. To get to this ripe old age, the trees had to withstand centuries of howling Santa Ana winds and most importantly, forest fires. They say a healthy Sequoia will have lived through three to four forest fires. Over tens of thousands of years, these trees have developed a rather interesting way of combating fire. The limbs grow high off the forest floor, putting them out of harms way. When the trunk burns, the bark will eventually heal itself by engulfing the burn, similar to scar tissue.
Needless to say, I was awestruck. It may have been one of the highlights of the trip, but I only came home with two keeper images. I hope to visit again someday, perhaps when there is snow on the ground