Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Big Basin

Some pictures from the Archives – The Redwood forest in California that we visited last year.
The Big Basin has different trails and you can select the trail you want depending upon the time you have at your disposal.

The trees are real tall and the size of the trees can be judged by these pictures when compared with people in front of the tree (or rather inside the tree)

I like the confident stance of this little guy:

Surprisingly for a tree of this height the roots are only 6 to 10 feet deep, but they grow laterally holding on to the roots of the adjacent trees.  

There are some endangered species of birds here. One of the sea birds, the Marbled Murrelet, nests in the canopy of the old growth of Redwood trees.

These birds lay only one egg in a year. Unfortunately the Steller Jay bird is a threat to these eggs as they chase away the Marbled Murrelet and eat up the egg. This is a huge loss to the species. One of the reasons why the Steller Jay bird visits this place is the easy availability of food left by visitors. This is well explained in this video

To protect these birds, visitors are strictly warned not to litter nor leave any crumbs of food after eating.

Once you climb up a little you get to see a magnificent view of the hills and how these trees cover the place.  

Noticed many professional photographers with their complete kit making the best of it.   

There are two trees that are named as the Mother of the Forest and the Father of the Forest. The sizes of these trees are given here:  

Some more pictures can be seen in this 3 min  video:


Anonymous said...

After reading this (about the Marbled Murrelet) I realise how delicate is the balance of nature. - Charles

My Unfinished Life said...


I would love to see such trees in person!!

Chirasree Banerjee said...

I have been to California but not this forest (what a miss!). Father and mother of the forest...hmm that's unique!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Atmosphere 'plus' under that canopy I bet! Having read several items about the redwoods, I don't think I ever heard anyone mention how the roots interconnect - I learned something today. Nature is a truly amazing thing and it's balance ever-changing, but it doesn't need us to speed that change along. A really good post Joe! YAM xx

Sandhya said...

Very interesting information. Will try our best to visit this place soon.

Anonymous said...

Very nice and informative post Joe Uncle,
Last year we too had been to California..and had made a point to visit the Redwood is far and wide,huge,has pin-drop silence when you enter deeper...giant trees and area is very well maintained..the spot where we see the little kid take his picture (the little cave in the tree trunk)..did refresh our memories, for i too did click my kids picture at the very same spot..
The trees make us feel so tiny in age and experience when we stand in front of them
..Thank you - Jalaja

Elephant's Child said...

Love the trees - and the birds. 'Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints'.

Mari said...

Thanks for stopping at my blog.
I enjoyed your pictures! Someday I hope to see the redwoods in person.

Blackberry Lane said...

Fantastic photos. My husband and brother visited here a few years ago and loved it.

Christine said...

I went to Muir Woods in California a long time ago and saw the Redwoods there. Might be time for another visit!

Draffin Bears said...

I visited the big Redwood trees up near Oregan - they were huge and one you could actually drive under it.
Enjoyed seeing your photos and thanks for visiting me.
Have a good week

Bikram said...

WOW.. visitng and seeing the Trees is on my bucket list for sure ..

beautiful pics .. thank you for sharing


Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe..
Nice to see your blogs .. Informative and interesting

SweetMarie said...

these trees are amazing! I've never been around any trees this large. very cool!

shivani singh said...

Great info about the giant tall trees. The tallest i have seen have been at Port Blair. Those tall Mahua Trees at Havelock Radhanagar Beach. But they would perhaps fade in comparison. It's always great visiting ur posts. :)

Missy George said...

I've seen the redwoods. It is truly a magnificent area. Beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing.