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New photos added here July 17, here September 2 and here September 6, 2021 (captions in red)
  
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks & Sequoia Forest
Snow in Grant Grove,
Kings Canyon National Park
Snow in Grant Grove General Grant, the Nation's Christmas Tree Top of Grant Tree
  
General Sherman Tree,
Sequoia National Park
Senate Group, Sequoia Park Stumps from logging near Grant Grove General Grant Tree in the snow
   
 
Mark Twain stump General Grant Tree General Grant Redwoods in Grant Grove
  
Stump in Converse Basin,
Sequoia National Forest
The forest has nearly reclaimed
the area around this stump
Giant Forest Museum in
Sequoia National Park
Trees across from the museum
   
Redwood Mountain, world's
largest Sequoia grove
Sequoia in Lost Grove,
Sequoia National Park
Fallen sequoias in Log Meadow The ultimate drive-through
    

Giant sequoias stand
guard by Crescent Meadow

Elephant feet Sequoia cones in the snow A burned out giant sequoia
snag by the Big Stump Trail
   
Artistic pattern on sequoia stump Bridge and creek near
the Mark Twain Stump

Big tree by the start of Big Stump Trail

Full view of the tree (Wes Thiessen photo)
       
Evidence of logging from the
late 19th Century (Thiessen)
Sections of this log became
fence posts and roof shingles

Sign at Gamlin Cabin in Grant Grove

The cabin
    
Icicles in Grant Grove, April 2016 This big sequoia fell in 1933 "The Castle," a broken off sequoia
on the Big Stump Basin trail
This is one of the tallest stumps in the basin
     

Redwood Canyon Grove,
along the Generals Highway

Along the trail in Grant Grove The Methuselah Tree Like many ancient sequoias,
it has a big burn scar
   
Redwood Mountain
from Generals Highway
Fire created a natural tunnel tree
along the road to Redwood Canyon
View along the Redwood Canyon Trail Big sequoia welcomes
visitors at the parking lot
   
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Yosemite National Park - Mariposa Grove
    
Giant sequoias in the newly
renovated Mariposa Grove
The venerable Grizzly Giant Some of the 500 mature
sequoias found in the grove
Visitor at the California Tree
   
Grizzly Giant from the north side The California Tunnel Tree
    
McKinley Grove
   
Sequoia at McKinley Grove More sequoias Top of tree, with huge horizontal branch A nice pair of sequoias
     
Nelder Grove

Nelder Grove Slide Show

   

Old Granddad Tree

Shattered log near the Bull Buck Tree Young sequoia trees The Western Tree
   
Visitors pose in 1969 by the upper portion of a sequoia that was cut in the 1890ís Snags in upper grove Close-up of the top of dead snag Two snags flank 
a young sequoia
   
The second California mill, built at
Nelder Grove in 1881. Wooden-wheeled wagons carried logs from the woods.
(Madera County Historical Society collection)
The dry rollway at the second mill.
A wagon drawn by mules has just
come into position for unloading.

(Madera County Historical Society collection)
Fire has burned through this spot, charring but not destroying the big stumps An ancient dead snag was once a proud giant like the tree in the background
   
                 
Like mother, like sons and grandsons: Teri in 1969; Johnny in 1986; Mikie in 2001; Colton in 2014; Jack in 2017
    
Left: Dick on stump, 1969; right, on the ground in 1999 A young cedar has grown up through
the base of this old stump
A broken snag stands
next to a man-made stump
   
Dick at the Bull Buck Tree All about the Bull Buck Photos taken in 2008 show the Old Granddad nearly
hidden behind new growth
(see 1970s photo above)
   

Bull Buck base

Bull Buck Tree Bull Buck trunk Fallen sequoia with moss
   
Dead snag, Speckerman Mountain road Fir tree growing on top of redwood stump Tourists at Nelder Grove, 1983 Upper grove stump field
      
Dead Sequoia snag by
Shadow of the Giants Trail
Pioneer cabin moved from
Biledo Meadow to campground
Another cabin Cabin construction detail
   
Interpretive sign for log chute Two-pole log chute Interpretive sign for tramway Tram rails described in sign
   
Tall fir by the Shadow of the Giants Trail Stump near campground entrance You can't have too many
photos of the Bull Buck Tree

Bull Buck and the stump
of its fallen neighbor

        
Dick at stump in campground The magnificent Bull Buck
Tree, July 17, 2013
The Bull Buck has the typical
rounded top of a giant sequoia
Jennifer shows us how big a Sequoia tree is
   

Looking up at Big Ed
(by Wes Thiessen)

Fence built to protect the Bull Buck Slash piles, to be burned
after the first snowfall
Brenda and Carolyn at the Chimney Tree
   
Brenda, Wes and Carolyn
at the Chimney Tree
Base of log cut down with axes This old stump is almost hidden
in the surrounding bushes 
The unmistakable color of a
sequoia stands out in the forest
   
The Forest Service cleared a path to give us this view of the Bull Buck
Huge log from tree felled in the Interpretive Center area The Forest Service cleared a path
to give us this view of the Bull Buck
Dick photographing in the
Graveyard of the Giants in 1969

Fir trees by the Shadow
of the Giants Trail

    
Twin giants along the trail A peaceful stroll on the trail Leap of faith Johnny and Colton investigate
the lumber flume replica
    

Colton represents the 4th
generation of the family to
pose in front of the Bull Buck

Looking WAY up Dead snags in Graveyard of the Giants, about 1980  

Another view of the charred stumps in the Graveyard of the Giants

   
Middle of the Bull Buck trunk

Top of the tree, with dying
pines for contrast

Two young sequoias near the Bull Buck

The Chimney Tree Trail winds
past an ancient sequoia stump
   

Along the Graveyard of the Giants Trail

The Leaner Tree Dead fir on the Graveyard of the Giants Trail Another big sequoia near Nelder Creek
     
Two giants close together by
the Shadow of the Giants Trail
The trunk of the Sierra Beauty
near the Shadow of the Giants Trail

What looks like a dense patch of young redwoods are
actually "branches" growing from a fallen but still living trunk

    
The meadow in the campground
was nice and green in June 2017
No shortage of sequoia cones California Creek runs through
the campground, then down this
cascade to the main road
Dogwood blossoms decorate the
starting point for the Bull Buck Trail
     
An excellent dogwood blossom display
in 2018 (Wes Thiessen photo)
Falls on California Creek a short distance south of the campground (Thiessen) Wild iris are common in the grove Crown of the Bull Buck
    
A sampling of the many tall stumps in Nelder Grove
  
Pine and fir forest along Chimney Tree
Trail opened up by prescribed burning
The Old Forester Lower section of the Old Forester Top to bottom view of the Old Forester
   
The California Tree Dead top of the California Chimney Tree One of the few sequoias to lose a
battle with fire (Chimney Tree Trail)
      
Classic top of the Bull Buck Tree A sunny view of the Bull Buck Top of the Old Forester Giant sequoia in Nelder Basin
     
Sequoia damaged and probably
killed by the Railroad Fire of 2017
Destruction along the
Graveyard of the Giants Trail
The symmetrical base of the Bull Buck Meadow next to the campground
       

The Bull Buck was looking
especially fine on July 22 2019

The Upshaw Brothers, age 4
and 6, at the Bull Buck Tree
A new vista point  for the Big Ed
Tree was created in 2019
Along the Bull Buck Loop Trail
(by Ardyss Webster)
  
The stately Old Forester Dead top of the California Tree The Bull Buck and dogwood A giant sequoia in Nelder Basin
   
The "Canyon Tree," above Nelder
Creek on the Graveyard Trail
Full view of the tree
    
Click here, here, and here for more about Nelder Grove
     
Pacific Coast Redwoods
The biggest tree in Henry
Cowell Redwoods State Park
The Celery Stalk, a "mother tree"
surrounded by "children"
grown up from the roots
A typical scene in the grove The area is filled with rampant plant life
    
  Mutant redwood Hollowed out redwood stump Redwoods in Montgomery
Woods State Preserve near Ukiah
 An outstanding specimen
in Montgomery Woods Preserve
    
Every stump has plants growing on top of it Well, not quite EVERY stump This tree shows a scar typical
of many older specimens

Another scene in Montgomery
Woods State Reserve

   
Bridge built on a fallen redwood log Redwoods on the North Trail
in Russian Gulch State Park
A typical redwood "family circle," new trees grown up from the roots of an ancestor Here every stump DOES support new life
  
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
     
Sequoia along the North Grove Trail This tree was felled by boring with augers, since no saw was long enough The stump of the tree was
planed smooth for dances
Dogwood, fir and cedar
surround this sequoia
 
Related inks
     
The Complete Nelder Grove Story More about Nelder Grove
More about Redwoods Redwood National Park Web Site
Mark Twain Stump Biledo Meadow
Shadow of the Giants Trail Friends of Nelder Grove
Giant Sequoias in California    Dick's Redwood Gallery
Redwood Hikes
    

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