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January 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Walking, I can almost hear the redwoods beating. And the oceans are above me here, rolling clouds, heavy and dark. It is winter and there is smoke from the fires. It is a world of elemental attention, of all things working together, listening to what speaks in the blood. Whichever road I follow, I walk in the land of many gods, and they love and eat one another. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Linda Hogan, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413

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“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”
John Steinbeck

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http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3811685-stock-footage-redwood-forest-northern-california-driving-left-side-of-road-vacation-travel-in-vehicles-along.html

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“All forests have their own personality. I don’t just mean the obvious differences, like how an English woodland is different from a Central American rain forest, or comparing tracts of West Coast redwoods to the saguaro forests of the American Southwest… they each have their own gossip, their own sound, their own rustling whispers and smells. A voice speaks up when you enter their acres that can’t be mistaken for one you’d hear anyplace else, a voice true to those particular tress, individual rather than of their species.”
Charles de Lint

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Arcata Community Redwood Forest

http://coastalredwoodsecosystem.blogspot.com/2011/04/banana-slug-in-redwood-forest.html

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“Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

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GrizzlyCreekRedwoods

https://www.kcet.org/socal-wanderer/exploring-the-northern-california-redwood-forests

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“People here had redwood trees in their backyards. You were never far from the infinite.”
Amy Stewart, The Last Bookstore In America

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PCH

http://withoutbaggage.com/essays/pacific-coast-highway-redwoods-hearst-castle/

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“Fog spilled from the heights of San Francisco like the liquid it almost was. On better days it spread across the bay and took over Oakland street by street, a thing you saw coming, a change you watched happening to you, a season on the move. Where it encountered redwoods, the most local of rains fell. Where it found open space, its weightless pale passage seemed both endless and like the end of all things. It was a temporary sadness, the more beautiful for being sad, the more precious for being temporary. It was the slow song in minor that the rock-and-roll sun then chased away.”
Jonathan Franzen

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Redwoods

http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/caplaceslist/ss/Redwood-Forests-in-California.htm

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“Surely our people do not understand even yet the rich heritage that is theirs. There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majesty all unmarred.”
Theodore Roosevelt

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California Redwood Forest Trail
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“All she wanted was to matter. To be more than an opportunity. That’s all.”
Robyn Carr, Redwood Bend
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Redwoods
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“The coast redwood is the tallest species of tree on earth. The tallest redwoods today are between 350 and close to 380 feet in height–thirty-five to thirty-eight stories tall. The crown of a tree is its radiant array of limbs and branches, covered with leaves. The crowns of the tallest redwoods can sometimes look like the plume of exhaust from a rocket taking off.”
Richard Preston
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