[Visual Stimuli.] Mariposa Grove

The Mariposa grove is one of three groves of Giant Sequoias in Yosmite National Park. The other two are the Tuolumne Grove and the Merced Grove. This grove is near the southern entrance to Yosemite, just after the entrance station. There are two ways to see the grove, you can walk up a trail from the parking area, loop around and come back down (5 miles round trip) or you can take a tour that will drive you around the major trees and give you a bit of history. I chose to take the tour up, then walk back from the top.

Giant Sequoias are the largest living things on the planet. They aren't the tallest, or the oldest (bristlecone pines are) By mass, they are much larger than even the largest whale. They exist in isolated pockets in California, the best known ones are in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. The largest known one is in Sequoia National Park.

There are two parts to the grove, the upper grove and the lower grove. The lower grove has fewer trees, but it has some big ones like the Grizzly Giant and the California Tunnel tree.

It is hard to capture the scale of these trees in a picture. They are so huge that you have to stand pretty far back to get the whole tree in the photo.

Sequoias in the forest.
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The base of the Faithful Couple
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Sequoia sapling
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Grove Highlights


The Clothes Pin tree
 
The Clothes Pin tree
There is a burned out section going straight through the tree, from one side to the other, making it look like an old fashioned clothes pin.

The Faithful Couple
 
The Faithful Couple
This is really two sequoias that grew together long ago, the result is a single very large tree. This photograph doesn't show the base, but it is very large.

California Tunnel tree
 
California Tunnel tree
There are two tunnel trees in this grove, this is the lesser known one but, unlike the wawona tunnel tree, it is still standing. Here a group of people are going through it.

The Grizzly Giant
 
The Grizzly Giant
This is one of the largest Giant Sequoias in the Mariposa grove and at an estimated 2,700 years old, it is one of the oldest anywhere. It has been struck by lightning countless times, giving it that rugged look.

Roots of the Fallen Monarch
 
Roots of the Fallen Monarch
This tree was made famous in 1899 when an entire cavalry regiment and their horses got there pictures taken on top of and in front of this tree. It is estimated that this tree fell down several hundred years before that picture. The roots of these trees are very shallow, often only going down about 6 feet, but the cover a wide area. This trees roots go up about 30 feet. When it was standing they went out much further.

I hope you have liked these Giant Sequoia photos from the Mariposa Grove. I also have other pictures of Yosemite, including some of Yosemite in winter.


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