Giant Redwoods of Stout Grove, California

September 14, 2012

Giant Redwoods of Stout Grove, California

Photographer: Kathleen Kiefer; Kathleen's Web site
Summary Author: Kathleen Kiefer

Shown above is Stout Grove in the middle of the redwoods of Jedediah Smith State Park. The park is on the Smith River 10 mi (16 km) from Crescent City on the California coast. This is one of my favorite places in the west. Standing in a redwood forest where the trees are up to 2,000 years old, some are over 350 ft (107 m) tall and up to 22 ft (7 m) in diameter, is indescribable. You just have to experience it. I feel totally at home in these forests. I grew up going to Sequoia National Park each summer where the giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) are also redwoods, only even larger in diameter - up to 40 ft (12 m) and some over 3,000 years old. These immense trees have no taproot - their roots penetrate only 10-13 ft (3-4 m) deep but spread out 60 to 80 ft (18-24 m). Photo taken August 28, 2012.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 7D; Lens: EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS; Focal Length: 35.0mm; Focus Distance: 4.00m; Aperture: f/9.0; Exposure Time: 0.033 s (1/30); ISO equiv: 200; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: Manual; Exposure Mode: Manual; White Balance: Manual; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: Adobe RGB (1998); Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh.