Family of Giants

We’re home after camping among the Redwoods in northern California. While walking among these amazing trees it is absolutely a magical and spiritual experience…

Living together
From death comes life
Inside Big Hendy Grove
Over 1000 years old
Sun’s peeking through

“This is their temple, vaulted high,
And here we pause with reverent eye,
With silent tongue and awe-struck soul,
For here we sense life’s proper goal.
To be like these, straight, true, and fine,
To make our world, like theirs, a shrine,
Sink down, O Traveler, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.

~Joseph B. Strauss from “The Redwoods” 1932
Chief Engineer of The Golden Gate Bridge

64 thoughts on “Family of Giants

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed them, Jill, and isn’t that poem wonderful by Strauss? The GG Bridge is in our backyard, too, so it’s profound that he engineered the building of the phenomenon. If you look at the bridge and imagine Redwoods, the connection is apparent. xo

  1. These trees are Wow! Lauren. I am glad you have experienced the breathtaking experience of “sinking down, O Traveler”…Thanks for sharing that beautiful poem by Strauss. These Giant Sequoias are hauntingly beautiful!, with each hike they keep growing on your mind. πŸ™‚

    1. Your excitement is palpable through the screen, Balroop. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your awesome comment. Yes, it was a profound experience, and anyone who is a tree-hugger should visit this beautiful place. It’s amazing to stand by one of these majestic Redwoods and look straight up. Their size and beauty is awe-inspiring. xo

    1. Walking through these groves reminded me of the same, John. But Muir Woods has changed so much. Now you have to make reservations and there is a shuttle, etc. It’s just so crowded. 😦 Still beautiful, though. This place was so quiet with only a few people walking around. It was magical. I’m glad you enjoyed this, too.

  2. Oh, how I long to see these majestic trees myself one day! Wonderful photos, Lauren! You’ve must have had a splendid time! The Strauss quote is just perfect! πŸ˜„β€πŸŒ²

    1. Thanks, Sarah, and I hope you get the chance someday. We had such a great time, and it truly was a spiritual and magical experience. I found that quote and realized who Strauss was; the Golden Gate Bridge is ‘in our backyard’ and when you view it, you can see how the majestic redwoods are immersed into its architecture. Hugs! ❀🌲🌻

      1. That sounds wonderful to have this beautiful bridge in your backyard so to speak! I only know it from pictures and movies but they do a great job showing its magnificence. πŸ˜„ Hugs! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

      2. I definitely will! It would be so awesome to meet you in person one day, Lauren! And should you ever come to Berlin I’d make sure to show you all the beautiful places it has to offer and that most tourists never get to see.πŸ˜„
        Have a lovely day! xoxo πŸ’•

      1. That’s great you had the chance, and seeing them again never gets old. The experience is magical no matter how many times we visit. Have a good day!

  3. Lauren, I love these remarkable photos, and wish to travel there at once! The energy of those ancient trees must be palpable. Thanks so much for sharing your visit there with us. Big hugs! πŸ’žβ€οΈπŸ’ž

    1. Thanks, Betty, and you’re right about their energy. We gave them hugs, too. πŸ™‚ They’re just so amazing, it’s hard to put into words. Big hugs to you, too, and hope you have a good week ahead. ❀🌲🌸🌻

  4. The Redwood trees look nothing short of majestic. So tall, and also not that thick of trunks. They must sway a bit every now and then, dancing along with the breezes and winds. A great selection of shots all round and I feel like I was walking with you on your trip through the woods. Walking around there must have felt like a different world, almost in another era of time – after all, these trees have taken decades to grow to where they are today. I’ve always liked walking through forests like these, just surrounding by nature and the problems in the world seem so trivial πŸ™‚

    1. They are truly majestic, Mabel. As to the trunks, yes, Redwoods, grow tall and narrow, but with age, the trunks will get bigger in width. They do sway with the breeze; we watched them dance and what a feeling! Thanks for your kind words, and I’m glad you enjoyed these shots. You’re right, it did feel like a different world and time. I agree with you in that walking in these forests among the great giants makes all the problems seem trivial. Thanks again for adding your thoughts! πŸ’—

      1. It is amazing how trees like the Redwoods sway in the wind and you don’t have to worry about them toppling over so easily. Hope you get to walk around this place or a place like this again, Lauren πŸ™‚

      2. I’m sure we’ll go there again. There is an apple farm right next door to the campground that has 3 adorable cottages for rent. We fell in love with them, so I know we’ll go again where we’ll have the chance to visit the groves again, too. Thanks again, Mabel! πŸ’—

  5. Perfect ending to a monument of living history. These giants should be rightfully revered.
    It reminds me of our library area, we had magnificent trees which were chopped down viciously to make way for ugly blocks of low cost housing flats. They destroyed what we valued for monetary gain. I pray the roots to return and those flats to crumble. Almost every available spot of greenery is being reserved by unscrupulous politicians for their developer friends.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Sunshinysa, and I feel your pain in chopping down the trees for low cost housing. It comes down to greed and nature seems to suffer. Very sad…

    1. Thanks, Sue! I’m glad you liked these majestic trees, too. I couldn’t stop taking photos. πŸ™‚ And yes, they do make a lovely canopy to camp beneath. I’m ready to return, and I loved that poem, also, when I came across it…Hugs πŸ’•

  6. I love walking among trees. I love to sit down and listen to them. They always go silent and watch me instead. I fear them not. Not even when I was kid. For they mean well. Always have meant well and will continue to do so. After some time, after they’ve had a measure of me – they sigh. In later years I knew why. We humans have not done well for them.

    A thousand year old tree. Sure makes us humans inconsequential.


    1. Beautiful comment, Eric, and you’re right, we humans have not done well for them, at all. It’s so sad…when we stood looking up at the redwoods, inconsequential is definitely one word that came to mind, too. Take care!

    1. It was just that, Alison. So many poems were born from this experience. I’m still on a break, but I check comments now and then. I hope you’re doing well, my friend…xo

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