If you haven’t seen the 7 second video of the giant sequoia tree falling along the Trail of 100 Giants at the Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, definitely check it out! A German tourist just happen to catch it on video. This tree with is actually two trees joined at the base is 300 feet tall (now long) and 17 feet in diameter. It has been around for an estimated 1500 to 2000 years! Scientists have learned a lot about historical climate with tree rings but wouldn’t it be fascinating if we could actually communicate with trees that old!
Today we went for a walk along a nature trail and spent some time under the canopy of a local old tree. This tree is a Weeping Beech and is about 150 years old. With its many weeping branches the trunk cannot be seen from a distant and once you are beneath it it feels like you are within a large dome-shaped tent but with a much more interesting view of twisting branches and dappling sun-light. I would love to have this tree in my backyard it would be the perfect shady space on sunny summer days!
Along the natural trail, near a pond there was many Sassafras trees. Sassafras is the source of root beer flavor which you can smell if you crush a leave. It really smells like root beer! Also what is interesting about a Sassafras tree is that it has three different shaped leaves, oval, 2 lobed (or mitten shaped), and three lobed. I wonder why? Maybe it like variety including asymmetric… Anyway I pulled a shoot out of the ground to try and grow at home. I got the root stem but none of the root veins. I put it in water at home and hopefully it will grow roots and one day I will have a tree in my yard called Mittens… Stay tuned for updates!