Saturday, May 7, 2011

California's Hidden Giant

Hard to imagine something being able to hide when it is 379 feet and 4 inches tall, right?  Alas, somewhere, deep in the Redwood National Park in Northern California, lives the World's Tallest Tree. It was found by two hikers, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor.

The finding of this tall majesty took the title away from the previous holder, known as the "Stratosphere Giant" which stood at 369 feet tall, in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The new record holder, named "Hyperion" beat out the old Giant by 10 feet!

According to an NPR story on these record breaking trees, "We have the precise measurements because after Chris and Michael announced their discovery, a team of scientists, led by Humboldt State University ecologist Steve Sillett, climbed to the top of the tree and dropped a tape down to the ground. Some things are still that simple". No one is saying precisely where this beautiful giant is located for fear that tourists will cause damage to the tree wanting to take carvings, climb it, photograph it, etc. "Trees, says Steve Sillett, are not like people. They cannot run away from paparazzi."

Perhaps it is best to just leave it be and enjoy the knowledge that somewhere out there in that amazing old growth forest is an awesomely tall, beautiful tree that has been standing strong for over 600 years, never taking more than its share of the soils nutrients, the suns rays, or the skies waters, but reaching ever skyward... and it sounds like it's getting pretty close.

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