Family Flashbacks (9): Giants

This day, six years ago, was the tenth in our Nebraska-to-California-and-back road trip. After a sumptuous breakfast in Arcata, we headed south, first on the four-lane Highway 101 for about ten miles, until we reached the turnoff for far-more scenic, coast-hugging Highway 1. Many of the trees (Monterey pines, eucalypts, and some that were very like pohutukawa) and other plants that grew along the coast reminded us of New Zealand.   This took us to our main highlight , the Avenue of the Giants. Continuing southward,  we drove—without any more stops—through the Humboldt Redwoods, the Richardson Grove, and the Smithe Redwoods State Parks, and on to our day’s destination: Fort Bragg.

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13 Responses to Family Flashbacks (9): Giants

  1. The portrait of the two of you by the fallen tree gives a good sense of scale. The greenery in the last picture looks like it might be a kind of Oxalis.

    • krikitarts says:

      The tripod sure comes in handy for the occasional selfie, though I seldom use it for this. I believe you’re right about the Oxalis, and thanks for that. I’d have been sorrely challenged to come up with that on my own.

  2. shoreacres says:

    The tipped tree’s roots look remarkably like a fungus.

  3. Vicki says:

    That shot of you both in front of the upturned tree roots is impressive. Hard to imagine tree roots that large. Thanks for sharing.

    • krikitarts says:

      I know that we’d never seen such root systems on a single tree. One can’t help but wonder what it must be like to be close when such a forest giant falls. Surely you’d feel the earth move under your feet, to quip Carole King.

  4. bluebrightly says:

    Beautiful photos from such a special place.

  5. Meanderer says:

    As Steve says, one can really see the scale of the fallen tree with you both standing next to it!

    • krikitarts says:

      You can read descriptions of the scale of something like this, but I think you have to see it to really appreciate it. I was also quite surprised at how (relatively) shallow the root system seemed to be, although it certainly had to be far more extensive than what was now visible.

  6. Most giant trees are standing and dwarfing the posers. This uprooted one is not what we usually see and is quite impressive. I counted all the clovers/Oxalis but found nary a four leafer.

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