I heard a story on NPR recently that bares some thought. There is a giant sequoia here in California that used to be one of the world’s tallest trees. It has been alive for over 2000 years and in 1999 stood 254 feet tall. Out of the hundreds of sequoia’s growing in Kings Canyon National Park, this tree stood out. It was so distinguished that it was named, “The Washington Tree”. The Washington tree has changed in the past few years. It is now about 115 feet tall with most of its upper canopy fallen and its truck hollow.
What really caught my attention with this story, which seemed almost sad to me, was the concluding statement of one of the park naturalist. With a kind of poetic insight, the naturalist remarked that although the tree had been stunning, the loss of its crown has allowed a new generation of giant sequoia to grow in its shadow. read full post