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Old 08-25-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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August 25, 2012 - Redwood

Yesterday, we went on a little family hike through the redwoods.
I love being in the presence of these giants. They exude such peace, calm and beauty.

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To walk into a Redwood forest is to enter nature’s cathedral.


Reaching heights of up to 360 feet (100+ meters), redwoods are also known for their longevity, typically 500 – 1000 years, but sometimes more than 2000 years.

Plus, they are the fastest growing trees in the world. They can often grow 30 feet (10 meters) in the first 20 years.





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We can feel in the Redwood essence the qualities of verticality and reaching upward for the light that we observe in the tree. This is a plant of tremendous physical vitality, rapid and massive growth, gravity-defying in its ability to lift water to the heights of its crown, and support not only its own abundant life, but the life of many other species. With its ability to lift matter from the dark density of the earth into the uplifted light-filled heights, the Redwood is a celebration of the stature and majesty of physical incarnation and creation.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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I love trees. I draw them all the time. I don't know what that means or why I do it but I love to draw them. They must give off negative ions like waterfalls do - when I am in Maine surrounded by pines ("conifers"!) and water and quartz, I feel so....peaceful and alive in a really soft and quiet way.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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I love seahorses, and sea shells, and lighthouses...
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:28 PM   #4
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:43 AM   #5
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go ahead : make fun.

the fairies will come and eat your eyes out.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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I love trees. I draw them all the time. I don't know what that means or why I do it but I love to draw them. They must give off negative ions like waterfalls do - when I am in Maine surrounded by pines ("conifers"!) and water and quartz, I feel so....peaceful and alive in a really soft and quiet way.
Exactly!

You've reminded me that my first "real" drawing was of pine trees in a neighborhood park. One of the trees was leaning very far to the left, almost falling over. I was so fascinated by the pattern of the straight trees with one leaning to the side like a slash mark. It was that way as long as I can remember until I went back as an adult. The tree was gone. Probably felled by a storm. That's how it usually goes with those trees and their shallow roots.

I once found a dead cat in those woods. The top side was like a dried hide with fur intact . . .
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:21 AM   #7
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I love seahorses, and sea shells, and lighthouses...
. . . so does my step-mom . . . and Lucy, the lady that sits next to me at church . . .
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:51 AM   #8
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I love seahorses, and sea shells, and lighthouses...
And dungeon S & M play? With NO SAFETY?

Coz then you'd be my dream man!
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:14 AM   #9
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Boom-de-yadda!

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Old 08-26-2012, 11:40 AM   #10
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A redwood cone is the size of an olive. Each cone contains 60 to 120 seeds. One tree may produce 10 million seeds but only a few will reach maturity. If a seed settles in just the right place it may grow into a tree that will live more than 2,000 years.


I love this vintage pic of one of the biggest attractions along the Avenue of the Giants - a long stretch of old highway that features many roadside redwood tree attractions and/or exhibits. Another favorite is a room in the base of a huge redwood tree.



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Did you know? While oceans contain most of Earth's carbon, about half stored on land in Redwood National and State Parks is in soils. The amount of carbon in the upper two meters of soil alone is ~14 million metric tons. That's equal to 1% of total U.S. emission in a year!
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:13 PM   #11
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30,000 board feet of lumber did NOT come out of the hole in that tree.

ETA: 30,000 board feet of lumber MIGHT have came out of the hole in that tree.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:25 PM   #12
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Boom-de-yadda!
I know it's just wrong, but, when Stephen Hawking said 'Boom-de-yadda', I had a small fit of laughter.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:06 PM   #13
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30,000 board feet of lumber did NOT come out of the hole in that tree.

ETA: 30,000 board feet of lumber MIGHT have came out of the hole in that tree.
a board foot is 1' x 1' x1"
12 board feet = 1 cubic foot
30,000 board feet = 2,500 cubic feet
Cube root of 2,500 = 13.6' (approximately)

That hole looks easily 13' x 13' x 13'.

Trust me, I know from feet.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:18 AM   #14
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I love trees. I draw them all the time.
Draw them? Like with a pencil, pen, crayon, or charcoal, on paper?
Hmm, and that paper came from... cutting down trees.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:22 AM   #15
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I draw them with pencil on paper. (I have a serious notebook problem).

yes - I'm killing trees and then taunting them by drawing what they used to be.

I'm pretty evil that way.
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