The purpose of the PGs’ latest trip was to provide some help to Daughter PG after the birth of her latest child. So, while PG obtained photos of the cutest kids in the world, he didn’t have as much time for the landscape and nature photography he enjoys as otherwise would have been the case.
That said, PG did spend a bit of time in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Because it was a holiday weekend, he didn’t venture into the adjacent (and much more crowded) Sequoia National Park.
As a bit of background, the giant sequoia is the world’s largest tree. It grows naturally only in a narrow 60-mile band on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.
A mature sequoia will reach 250 feet and a few are 300 feet or taller. The closely-related coast redwood tree occasionally grows taller, but the sequoia is far more massive, commonly reaching 20 feet in diameter, with one tree reaching 35 feet in diameter.
It is difficult for a photograph to capture how massive these trees are, in part because the very, very, very large trees tend to have a lot of very, very large neighbors, but here are a couple of PG’s attempts. (click for larger versions of the photos)
The bottom two photos are of the same tree. To help understand the size of the tree, the largest child in the bottom photo is about 5 feet 4 inches tall. 20 or more adults could have comfortably stood inside the tree at the same time.
For photographers, each of these photos was taken with an 11-16mm zoom lens at its widest setting.