Living among the giants #1: If trees could talk...

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Blog entry by MrWizard posted 03-20-2012 07:40 PM 2517 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I consider my self very lucky to live in California. In fact central California, very near Yosemite National Park. Though I dont get to go to the park very often, I am reminded of just how beautiful our Yosemite Valley really is.

These trees have been growing on earth for millions of years! I look forward to the day I can hear there stories. The beginning of life and the struggles that fell on to the other creatures that slept beneath the trees.

What a magical presence they have when you see them up close and personal. to touch and share the same ground as these beautiful trees. We are truly put in our place as you compare our selfs to the giants of the forest.

I hope they never leave. I pray for the future generation of humans that they to can enjoy the majestic silence and majesty the forest kings weld as they hold court over the valley below.

To our future. enjoy nature, don’t take it for granted. Help when you can, and if you can not then, promote smart conservation and help keep the home of the giants alive for all generations to come. As a wood worker I could never think of cutting into one of these or other large species of trees. But to be given the chance to take some of a fallen giant and create a piece of furniture or turn a bowl or cup. make a table. that would be wonderful. To my wood working family. enjoy the crafts you do and thank you for all you bring back into our world.

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 08:40 PM

MrWizard, I’m glad I’m not the only one who ever ponder what a majestic tree has experienced, or who sat in its shade.

As for the Redwood’s; The October 2009 Issue of National Geographic magazine was full of articles and incredible photographs of these amazing trees. Its worth finding.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 10:26 PM

Thanks for sharing your beautiful trees with us. I have a DVD that shows how the trees were cut in the early 1900’s by men with axes and cross cut saws. It also shows how they loaded huge sections of wood on the back of trucks with one section much bigger than the truck. Just watching what those loggers were able to do with just a few tools, some oxen or mules is an inspiration. I’m glad they didn’t get them all.

But, the life cycle of a forest is much longer than a single human life time. I’m harvesting trees on my farm that were seedlings when my wife’s great grandfather was a boy. The openings in the forest let in more light and the saplings that are all around the openings get a chance to grow and fill the forest again.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 11:59 PM

That is inspiring! Thank you, Mr Wizard!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 07:48 AM

Here’s one of my favorite pictures that I used in a past blog post about old time photography. This pictrure is the first thing that popped in my head when I read HalDougherty’s comment above. I live about an hour west of the largest redwoods on earth. Man, I don’t make it up there enough.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 04:58 PM

There is no mistake that in the early 1800’s men had to do what needed to be done to build our country and provide for there family’s and neighbors. No doubt they had to be inventive to move the fallen trees and logs to the mills, no easy task at all. But I believe they also cared for and used everything they could. Now I could be wrong but, that’s another blog topic.
Dust designs we must be close because I am also in the 559 area code, heck we could be neighbors ourselves.
drop me a pvt message so we can chat.

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 05:29 PM

I just came across this blog, and I must agree that their stories would be wonderful to hear. One day I’d love to be able to visit the area and feel their presence directly. It would be magical as you said.
Thanks for posting this.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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