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Big Trees of Yosemite National Park, the Video


This video takes you on a nice trip through Yosemite National Park's Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. NPS image.

When last we checked in on the prolific Yosemite Steve, aka Steven M. Bumgardner, he had just produced a video on rockfalls in Yosemite National Park. Now he's moved on to trees. And we're not talking small ones, like aspen. We're talking giant sequoias!

If all you've ever seen in Yosemite are the granite walls of Yosemite Valley, or the domes along the Tioga Road, you need to watch this video and put the park's Mariposa Grove on your to-do list. And, if you've already seen that grove, or the Tuolumne or Merced groves, well, then this video will bring back some nice memories.

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Great video, and yes, it does bring back memories. 2002 to be exact.

really nice,we were just there this summer,we also visited the humbolt state park and saw the avenue of the redwoods,beautiful.

Certainly nice enough and great if your plans are only to visit Yosemite.

However - if you're really big on big trees, then a quick trip to Sequoia-Kings Canyon can't be beat. My avatar photo with the three bears was taken at Redwood Mountain Grove (the largest sequoia grove in the world) at Kings Canyon NP. There was something special with so few people along with legal off-trail hiking.

Just visited there last week. The weather was just as beautiful and by the looks of the phase of the moon I'd swear you made this video the same week. The week before we were in Muir Woods. That's the first time my family has ever seen the majestic giants. Words in the expressive language of Muir escape me. I am speechless. And I'm a writer! The video is great and somehow captured the massive beauty even better than a 10Mp camera. But nothing can replace being there. My first time was in Grant's Grove in King's Canyon. It was February. The road had just opened that morning. I drove up at sunrise. I enjoyed a hot breakfast in the lodge then went out all alone to enjoy the General covered in 20 feet of snow. The silence, oh the silence. What an indescribable combination of silence, snow, solitude, and those trees. It was one of those rare perfect moments.

That's Ranger Shelton Johnson, I'd recognize his voice anywhere!

The Sequoia's are so incredibly majestic and not fully appreciated unless seen in person. Pictures can not do them justice. My first exposure was in 2006 when I accompanied my husband on a business trip to San Fransisco and there was a very brief outing to Muir Woods. I was in awe!

After his business was finished, we took a week going to Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Nothing could prepare for me sheer size and scope of these Mighty Giants! We've returned to Yosemite a couple of time for quick weekend getaways with his job but are planning a full 2 week return visit to those 3 Parks just so I can experience the trees once again! There magnificence are beyond description!
Connie Hopkins

This is an excellent video. In 1969, when I first came on board in Yosemite Valley as a year-round seasonal park ranger-naturalist, my first illustrated evening program was entitled "A Generation Gap in the Big Trees." The emphasis was on the role of wildfire and reproduction of the giant sequoia. At the time, Bob Barbee was in charge of Yosemite resources management, and quite an organized effort was begun to use controlled burns as an ecological management tool.

The role of fire and the reproduction of the giant sequoia was a subject first approached by the late Dr. Richard J. Hartesveldt at San Jose State, who conducted detailed research within the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite and in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park.

thank you for an amazing bit of film - I just love these trees [and all trees of course]

I live in the uk and hope one day to visit and touch and see for myself - although I

am 74 yrs old maybe not a great lot of time left - but hey you never know - thanks

again God Bless

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