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Sequoia National Park is perhaps the most amazing place I saw in California (competing with Death Valley NP). This forest of truly giant trees is beyond expectation. No picture can convey the outstanding size of the giant sequoias. There you loose notion of scale or proportion. The smallest trees on this picture are already big trees if seen somewhere else. The four dark Lilliputian bodies at left are my mates, near the General Sherman Tree, which is not the tallest nor thickest at the base, nor even the oldest, but it is, however, the largest living thing on Earth. [In the workshop there is one of my mates posing like a lizard on the trunk of a sequoia; he is a man taller than average.] The 登verexposed ground is snow.

The sequoias or Sierra redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum) are redwoods, which include also the Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood) and the Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood). Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world; the current tallest measures the height of 379.1 ft (115,55 m).
Sequoia National Park is located in south Central California, in the western Sierra Nevada, and it includes Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48, contiguous United States [elevation 14,505 ft (4421 m)]. It was established in 1890. If you go to Northern California, don稚 miss also the Redwood National Park.
California has much more than just sun, sand, surf or Hollywood.

Some data about the General Sherman Tree, the largest living thing on Earth, according to a notice placed near it:
- Height above base: 274.9 ft ((83,8 m);
- Circumference at ground: 102.6 ft (31,3 m);
- Estimated weight of trunk: 1385 t (1256 m. t);
- Volume of trunk: 52,500 cu. ft (1.486,6 cu. m);
- Estimated age: 2300 - 2700 years
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