Saturday, May 23, 2009


As I was not expecting to see redwood trees in coastal Northwest Washington, for years I was oblivious to three small but mature giant sequoias in plain sight near the lower parking lot in Whatcom Falls Park. Of the three, this one stands in the middle and is oddly shaped and stunted but has its own beauty. It was meant to stand on the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada in California. These park trees all look somewhat bedraggled, but they have survived here for a long time. Although giant sequoias can thrive in Northwest Washington, the ones in Whatcom Falls Park were planted in an area that is not well-drained. As the trees are not evenly spaced, it appears that there were once four of them standing side by side in Whatcom Falls Park.

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