Saturday, August 31, 2013

Silences of Millenniums

General Sherman Tree
Largest living organism in the world
Sequoia National Park
Giant sequoia trees cannot readily reproduce in their native habitat because their seeds will only grow under full sun and in mineral rich soils.

The biogenesis of sequoiadendron giganteum is precariously dependent on several phenomena including sunlight, moisture, and fire. Successful regeneration requires periodic wildfire to clear competing vegetation.

The oldest known sequoia is believed to be 3,500 years old based on ring count.
"The sequoias belong to the silences of millenniums. Many of them have seen a hundred human generations rise, give off their little clamors and perish. They seem indeed to be forms of immortality standing here among the transitory shapes of time."
Edwin Markham
That these enchanting giants have a lifespan 20 to 50 times that of our maximum lifespan arouses our imagination.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
― John Muir