Monday, August 22, 2011

Into The Woods

Growing up in Oregon, I have a thing for trees and forests, but the one thing California has that no one else does is the magnificent redwood tree.
So you can imagine my surprise when we discovered this small stand of redwoods near Healdsburg.

It's just a little picnic grove, but oh what a respite it was from the summer heat.

Did you know that the California coastal redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet? They can reach 300 - 350 feet tall and measure 16 - 18 feet across, and grow primarily up and down the coast from the border to Big Sur. We even have one next to our driveway!

As we walked through this little park, I couldn't help notice how wonderful and pure the air smelled. I later found out that coastal redwoods capture more carbon dioxide than any other tree on earth!

They provide a place for solace for people, as well as a refuge for plants and animals.
I love these trees so much and hope that what little groves are left, that they are protected forever.

"Oh redwood tree
Please let us under
When we were young we used to go
Under the redwood tree

And it smells like rain
Maybe even thunder
Won’t you keep us from all harm
Wonderful redwood tree" ~Van Morrison

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Patrick said...

Very nice photos of that park. Dont have any redwoods here in the midwest your photos remind me how large those trees really are

jninecostumes said...

I grew up in the trees in Western Washington and miss the trees living here in the San Joaquin Valley. Thanks for the cool breeze in the trees.

Beeutiful by Design said...

Beautiful trees -looks lovely!

Melissa said...

What beautiful photos, it makes me wish I were sitting under the shade of one of those magnificent trees.

Michele Smith said...

Beautiful trees..I'd love to have a picnic under!

The enchanted home said...

Gorgeous redwoods, they are so majestic, I remember when we lived in California visitng the Redwood forest for the first time, I was awe struck. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't be wonderful if those of us who do live here, planted redwood groves for the future generations? I need to look into this!Thank you for the information.
SF Bay Area

Sarah said...

Beautiful, Delores. I have fond memories of walking though Mir Woods on several different occasions, but those walks were many years ago. I can still remember the amazing sense of calm in those woods.

under spanish moss said...

We have never seen a redwood tree in person. They look so grand! On our next trip to California, we must put visiting a redwood park on our to do list.
Angela and Renee

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