Two Sequoias At Grants Grove
Photograph - Photographic Prints/limited Edition Prints/licensing
Grants Grove in Kings Canyon National Park is home to the General Grant Sequoia (40 feet across at its base.) But the grove has many other sequoias in varying stages of development from the seedling to the snag tree (the snag is a tree whose top has broken off yet the tree still grows in girth if not in height.) These two trees are snags growing wider just not taller. Some snags add a ring equal to the volume of other entire trees in the forest. Simply amazing.
Giant sequoias can live for over 3,000 years, outlasting all of their mixed conifer forest neighbors. What is it about giant sequoias that allows them to persist through millennia? Surprisingly, a major factor in in the longevity of giant sequoias is a chemical called tannin. The tannin, present in high concentrations in sequoia bark, gives the sequoia resistance to rot, boring insects, and fire.
The mid-sierra zone (5,000-8,000 ft) creates ideal conditions for giant sequoia growth. Mild winter and summer temperatures, deep winter snowpack, and a rich fire history have made it possible for the world's largest tree to get its biggest in these parks.
A limited edition of 25 prints signed and numbered by the photographer are available directly from our studio. Sizes equivalent to any of the sizes offered as a print by demand through this online gallery are offered in this limited edition. These prints are only available directly from our studio gallery. Prints are delivered by US Mail rolled in a tube. For more information please contact me using the SEND PRIVATE MESSAGE option in the left sidebar of most of our online gallery pages.
I processed the raw image file shot with a Canon 60D with an 28-105mm f 2.8 Tameron lens using Photomatix Pro 5, filters from Topaz Labs including Detail 3 and DeJPEG 4 as well as some minor tweaking in Photoshop including sCurve adjustments, brightness, saturation and the camera raw filter to produce this HDR image.
November 5th, 2016
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