Tree Squares, Day 26

A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.
Theodore Roosevelt
In 1891, a number of old-growth trees were felled to prove their existence.  
A slice from the Mark Twain Tree was sent to the American Museum of Natural History in New York,
and another slice to the British Museum of Natural History in Kensington, London. 
(That’s my hand, bottom-left corner.)

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This is a photo of the slice that’s on display in the American Museum of Natural History.

The Mark Twain Tree was a giant sequoia that started growing in 550 AD.

When it was felled, it measured 8.7 metres (28.6 feet) in diameter.
That’s a circumference of 27.4 metres (90 feet).

Today, it is illegal to cut down giant sequoias.

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This is my next entry in Becky’s July Squares Photo Challenge – Trees.

Author: Clare

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9 thoughts

    1. Thanx Lucy. I do have a photo of me standing in front of it and it makes it look even bigger. Hope you are keeping well and all settled back in SA.


      1. We have had two or three rather cool days when I put the AC on heat cause my teeth were chattering but I’ve no doubt it’s much colder down there. Stay safe and keep well 🥰


  1. thank goodness it is illegal to cut them down these days. Not sure many are left this size, but hopefully the ones that are still growing will become this size in another few hundred years. Extraordinary trees

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