On our way out of Yosemite, our last adventure was to explore Mariposa Grove.
The grove contains about 500 mature giant sequoias, some of which are up to 3,000 years old! The sequoias are much larger around, while their cousin tree, the coastal redwood can be taller.
By analyzing the tree rings, scientists can study climate history, fire ecology, and the age of the tree. The particular tree Ryan is looking at below is 500 years old.
The anatomy of a sequoia is really cool. There are different sections/layers. The most center/inner part is the heartwood, then the sapwood, the cambium, the inner bark, and then lastly the outer bark.
Of course we see deer everyday where we live, but its much more fun on vacation. These guys are slightly different than the ones who hang out near us.
Cute little baby…
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