I am feeling like I did not pay the proper respect to General Sherman and his army of giant trees, so I would like to spend a little more time discussing this area in greater detail. This comes with a good dose of patience on my part, because I am very excited to start writing about my experience at the photography workshop in the auto junkyard. This is personally significant in so many ways since I tend to be the kind of person who, when asked what the Make and Model of a car is, will respond with a color, such as "Well, I know that it's green" and maybe an additional "and it has 4 doors". So the fact that I spent 3 nights in a junkyard photographing classic cars, it's pretty much polar opposite of what I normally gravitate to in photography or life in general. Anyway, back to General Sherman.
First of all, the "web quality" of those images was pretty sub-par, so let's put up something much better. I want you to be able to read this sign:
Let's break it into smaller parts, so I can be sure it is readable:
I did not go see General Grant although I started out in King's Canyon National Park. I was practically right next to it, but I spent too much time talking to the postman and in the gift shop buying stuff that said "General Sherman" so I decided to head south and make my way back to see General Grant on the return and I ended up running out of time and, most importantly, daylight.
So there you have it. The General Sherman tree is 275 feet tall. If you are 5 or 6 feet tall, the General has another 269 to 270 on you. The tree is so tall that it is almost impossible to see the top of it through the lower branches.
It is 2,200 years old. If you are 50 or 60 and think you are old, the General has 2,150 or 2,140 on you. Don't talk about how old you are feeling in front of the General. On the other hand, it is a good place to go and feel young!
If you are feeling heavy, he's got you on that one too. Coming in at a whopping 1,385 tons. If this tree falls in the forest, it is going to be heard. Apparently a branch did fall off of it, but the event was unwitnessed by human beings.
Here is a photo of part of the "footprint" referenced in the text.
I hope you have enjoyed this visit and that you will return next week for a preview of the classic car show. Happy Spring!
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