Sequoia

Saturdays are so strange.
I let myself sleep in, but after an exhausting week I’m still tired enough to get to 5:30 PM and fall asleep until 8:30 PM. So despite my best intentions I spent most of this day asleep or feeling…disoriented…weird…etc. Napping is rarely worth it.

So now that I’ve been awake for a bit and finished off “Surrounded by Sleep” by Akhil Sharma & the preface of Martha C. Nussbaum’s “Poetic Justice,” I naturally decided to stumble around stumbleupon.com!

One of my favorite finds was this website:
http://triggerpit.com/2010/09/20/sequoia-the-ancient-giants/

Which features amAZING pictures of beautiful sequoias!

For example:

I’ve now added “Visit the Sequoias” to my list of thins To Do Before I Die.  They are spectacular! I mean, I knew about them already, but these pictures give such a wonderful perspective that I, already an avid tree-lover, am temporarily obsessed. Later that will simmer down to simply an ever-present dream of seeing the sequoias…then one day I will journey out there via train or automobile (because these seem the most romantic ways to travel within your own country), and write pages of poetry & narratives about the experience.

Trust me, I know myself very well.

Sequoian Secrets:
*the “coast redwood” as it is also known, is the only living species of its genus (Sequoia) which belongs to the cypress family!
*fog is actually a vital part of its survival, providing much of the sequoia’s water source
*its tannin-rich bark is a major part of its ability to withstand fire…tannin is also found in persimmons, which is why a persimmon so completely dries out your mouth if you eat it before it’s ripe

So take a few minutes to see those pictures, and dream a little bit about the largest trees in the world.

And also check out this comic – from “Get Fuzzy,” my favorite comic (“Pearls Before Swine” comes in close second)!

Alright folks, time to write the billionth reading response of my life! Later.

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One thought on “Sequoia

  1. Hi,
    I found this post when I went through the triggerpit comments. Thank you very much for your kind words. We recently visited Sequoia National Park and it is truly spectacular. I only wish I had even more pictures to share. Stay tuned, we are about to post a few more articles on amazing trees.
    Thank you again.
    Marcus
    Webmaster Triggerpit

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