Redwoods June 2011




Redwoods June 2011

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

This is off trail, along Redwood Creek just after Tall Trees Grove at the sharp bend in the creek. This tree was tipping miraculously at about 30 degrees, so I went in to examine how it could be standing. The (probably) dead trunk in foreground was holding up the big tree by holding up the much smaller trunk to left. That trunk is connected at bottom to the big tree. I’m thinking that as the dead trunk dies the simply enormous pressure from the weight of the big tree – millions of pounds – will snap it and the big tree will fall, re-routing Redwood creek or perhaps even damming it up for a short time. Can’t wait to check up on this in the coming years.