Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Viewing the Largest Tree in the World~

 A dream come true!!!
For many years, I had yearned to travel to view these grand trees once again.  I had not seen them but two times.  Once as a small child and then again at Muir Woods in 1980.  
This was going to be the year to see their majesty and wonder once again.  
I am so happy to be able to share these images with you, and I am going to do something that I have hardly ever done, and that is to publish two posts on the same day..;') 
The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks align with the boundaries of Yosemite National park and so I shall share them both this day. 
Here is hoping that those who view one post, will take time and view the other as well, for I would appreciate it so very much! 
The beauty that I tried to capture is so raw, so awe inspiring and it had so many of those take your breath away moments. 
I hope that for those who have never seen these enormous trees, will enjoy them and that you will share them with others.  
Have a great Sunday, and a marvelous week~

While you can actually walk up to and touch many of these amazing giants, the General Sherman tree is highly protected.  There were always security rangers near by~

Along the path to view the General Sherman Tree, a Mule Deer and her fawn nibbles~

The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park is the largest (by volume) tree in the world.
"Computing the volume of a standing tree is the practical equivalent of calculating the volume of an irregular cone. For purposes of volume comparison, only the trunk of a giant sequoia is measured, including the restored volume of basal fire scars. Using these accepted standards and actual field measurements taken in 1975, the volume of the Sherman Tree was calculated to be slightly over 52,500 cubic feet (1,486.6 cubic meters)."


And of course Meaka was always with us, all this very long journey;')~
The husby calls her the "traveling cub."


  1. Such a magical place! I too recall my first visit. I have always loved trees and the Muir Woods is my Mecca. Your Meaka is a beautiful dog! It's been fun following you along on your travels.

    Susan and Bentley

  2. Don't know how I missed this post! Those huge trees are magnificent! Very nice post.

  3. so glad you included the pic of the general sherman tree with people in front of it. puts it all into perspective. amazing.

  4. Hi Mary. I looked at every photo on both posts. They are so amazing. The giant trees and the mountains are just stunning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us. I'll never get to see these giants in Washington but I believe there is one in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. that their are trying to preserve. I hope to see it next summer. Meaka is a beautiful companion. Have a wonderful week.

  5. Amazing stats and amazing pictures. you really managed to convey the size of those trees in the landscape. Have a great week Mary.

  6. Oh Mary! Your photos are breathtaking! I visited Yosemite NP a few years ago and was amazed by its beauty and your photos brought back the same awe.

    I did not visit Sequoa NP as yet, and your photos made me determined to see it very soon. Thank you, thank you, for these beautiful posts!

  7. Mary, your photos were absolutely stunning! I have added these magnificentr trees to my "bucket list" after seeing your photos. I was also really moved by the beautiful pictures of the water and the mountains. I'm off to check out your other posts! leslie

  8. I enjoy looking through your beautiful photos and mosaics! What a treat!


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