Sunday, September 2, 2012

Coast Redwoods

Last March, rain in northern California resulted in poor birding and photography. But even the moisture could not distract, and may have even enhanced, the grandeur of the Coast Redwoods. Erika and I were driving up California Highway 101, when we chanced upon a sign proclaiming, "Scenic Road." Our gps assured us easy re-access to the highway. We found ourselves in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

According to the park website, Coast Redwoods are both the tallest and the among the oldest trees. They average several hundred years in age and are up to 370 feet tall, with diameters up to 15 feet. They can live more than 2000 years. The last ice age limited Coast Redwoods to a narrow, 450-mile strip along the Pacific Ocean from central California to southern Oregon. Fossil redwoods have been discovered across the western United States and Canada, and on the coasts of Europe and Asia.

1 comment:

  1. Your post confirms what I share, that the rain or wet season is probably the best for redwoods and photography.

    My last two drives to the redwoods from Oregon, were to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park area.


    M. D. Vaden

    Coast Redwoods Info and Photos