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Majestic Redwood Trees, Muir Woods National Monument, California

Only a few miles north of San Francisco, in an isolated canyon grows the ancient coast redwood forest known the world over as Muir Woods, the only surviving forest of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to.

West coast redwood trees dominate Muir Woods' forest. Douglas-fir, big-leaf maple, tanbark oak, and baylaurel grow along side the redwoods. Muir Woods features several trails that offer a variety ofhabitats, terrain, and degree of hiking difficulty.

The woods is named after conservationist John Muir who described the woods as "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world."

For indeed it is ... I only spent less than an hour in the woods just enough to take pictures (I was in San Francisco for a conference and ducked out for a few hours to see the woods). The relative silence of the forest is deafening ... you can sit down and listen to the quiety rhythm of the ancient trees, and meditate. It is a cosmic experience. The trees are not that big in girth (although there are one or two that are huge) but, they are tall.

Tech: scanned from a photograph, used dodging tool to clean up hazy areas, resized, sharpened then framed.

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